Judas…his infamous name often used synonymously with betrayal & treason. He was the only non-Galilean among the twelve Apostles chosen by Jesus. His name Judas, the Greek form of the Hebrew “Judah” – was indeed an honorable Jewish name for centuries. Judas of Iscariot held such hope & promise…not only by being selected by Jesus as one of the Inner Circle, but then elected by his fellow disciples to handle the funds from the common purse. But no one knows for certain why Judas changed…sinking into the depths of greed, deceit, & betrayal. It wasn’t that Jesus treated him differently…in Matthew 10:1-4 we see Jesus calling the Twelve to Him and giving them all authority over unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal every kind of disease & affliction. And even to the end, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus called Judas “friend”.