Why would one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, Judas Iscariot, want to betray Jesus? The Bible does not reveal Judas’s motives other than gaining money. Judas knew that the leading priests had it in for Jesus, and he knew they would have the power to arrest Jesus. So that was where he went.
Judas’s greedy desire for money could not be fulfilled if he followed Jesus, so he betrayed him in exchange for pay from the religious leaders. To have discovered a traitor among Jesus’ followers greatly pleased the religious leaders. They had been having difficulty figuring out how to arrest Jesus Matthew 26:3-5, so when an offer of help came from this unexpected corner, they took advantage of it.
Matthew alone has the exact amount of money Judas accepted to betray Jesus—thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave Exodus 21:32. This fulfilled Zechariah 11:12-13 (see also Jeremiah 18:1-4; Jeremiah 19:1-13; Jeremiah 32:6-15.
What is amazing is how little of an amount the Savior of the world would be handed over for. This Biblical truth just goes to show how some people will sell their earthly souls for what ends up being a hint of a pittance. In essense, it essentially ends up being somthing they will pay dearly for in eternity.