Journey To The Cross Series
Judas was around for all the debates and the set-up questions that the religious leaders were using to try and create a charge that could be used to arrest Jesus. Over and over Judas saw Jesus turn the questions that were thrown at him into an opportunity to speak out against his accusers. Judas couldn't stand it, he wanted Jesus to overthrow the people that were trying to kill him, Judas decided that he had invested enough of his time in Jesus and that it was time for action.
The religious leaders needed Jesus arrested away from the crowds, and if they were to go identify the man that they wanted arrested it would probably create a scene, they needed to be able to send the guards out to arrest Jesus quietly. But in order to do so they needed to be certain that the guards would arrest the correct man, they couldn't take a chance on the wrong man being arrested, that would only make them look bad.
Judas knew that he could be of service to the religious leaders and he was ready to help, Jesus hadn't turned out to be the leader that Judas thought that he should be, Jesus didn't use his popularity to over-throw the Roman government.
Thank you Jesus for your gift of salvation.