When one thinks about Judas the question that comes to mind is “Why?” Why did he think it was okay to betray, and what did he think was going to come of this since he knew that Jesus came from heaven? It is astounding when one thinks about it. However, is it much different than when Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and they continued to complain against him (so they thought), but in actuality they complained against the Lord? It is really not different at all. When one is bent on thinking and doing evil, why let anything of the Lord get in the way?!
Some of us have an unfavorable opinion of some politicians today. Our unfavorable view of these men and women is associated with their willingness to lay principles of righteousness to the side in order to put themselves in favor with a portion of the population if they think it will help for their reelection. I wonder if any of them ever knew Pilate personally (27:18, 24; 28:11-14)!
The thief on the cross and his conversion is a perplexing thing. Matthew records that both thieves crucified alongside the Lord “reviled Him.” Luke, however, says that one of those two rebuked the other (23:40-42). What shall we make of that? Perhaps something like this occurred: As all three were hanging there the angst, anxiety, and intense pain was contributed to what each thought and said. Those standing there may have made a contribution to the thinking and reviling the thieves made toward the Lord. There may have been a contribution, but a contribution that did not control the thinking of one. As one reflected on what he knew of the Lord (if he knew anything), on what he heard others say who were standing nearby, how he observed what Rome did in executing this punishment, he had a change of heart. This change of heart produced in him a change of words. As Matthew records it, the thief reviled the Lord; as Luke records it, the thief now thought differently.