Judas Iscariot had quite meaningful plans. His intention was to use Jesus' power to throw the hated Romans out of the country and to bring the Jewish people back to the old meaning and independence they once enjoyed. The longing of Judas was to fulfill the plan to banish all evil and evil from the sovereign domain of the Jewish nation. With this hope in his heart, he followed Jesus and was sad and disappointed that Jesus seemed to refuse this plan of action.
As a disciple of Jesus, of course, he could not openly rebel against Jesus and openly criticize him. For he experienced the Lord daily as a clearly self-determined and self-confident person who could not be inspired and impressed with human plans and thoughts. How long did Judas have to wait until Jesus finally established the promised kingdom?
The needs which bubbled in the heart of Judas Iscariot were not a flash in the pan and not a rare, exotic rarity. The needs of Judas Iscariot were shared at least in the important parts by all the Jews of his day. The Jewish people, on the one hand, had hope in the promised Messiah. On the other hand, for the Jews this hope was associated with the prospect and the desire for a practical realization of their longings on this earth. Judas Iscariot was no exception. It was only his firm determination to bring these practical hopes to fruition that perhaps made him step out of the crowd of his countrymen.
In comparison with the other disciples, Judas did not come to the fore by having an unbiased, open conversation with Jesus. When Judas once said something, he brought it out as a general objection, addressing the whole group. He did not ask what Jesus could do for him personally. Nor did he have the need to receive anything personally through Jesus. He only had the honorable motivation to attain freedom and dominion through Jesus for the oppressed people.
While Judas was engaged in these grave plans and put his actions and knowledge at the service of liberation from evil, his fellow disciples, like naive children, discussed some seemingly ridiculous problems. – Who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? – Judas Iscariot's fellow disciples said they had to act as Jesus' bodyguards and chase away children. They gave themselves up to the beautiful time with their Lord and all had no plan what to do later.
All this must have looked rather ridiculous and harmless in the eyes of the planning Judas Iscariot. After all, he was the one who wanted to make something of this headstrong Jesus that could benefit the world. He was practical and consistent, placing all his expectations in the service of liberating the world from evil. It was out of the question for him to enjoy the Lord's presence in a selfish way. The joy of fellowship with the Lord was not important to him because he had comprehensive, clear plans and goals.
How shocking must it have been for Judas that Jesus openly spoke of his betrayal? Had not he himself, Judas Iscariot, withdrawn and disciplined himself to endure the escapades of this naive force in order to achieve his goals in the end? How could the Lord, whom he had followed so long, now openly accuse him of betrayal, especially since he did not even begin to think of betraying his Lord?
Only after the trade with the Sanhedryn, the Jewish High Council, did he realize that the attempt to realize his plans by "compulsorily" bringing together Jesus and the High Council had to lead into a great void. Until then he had devoted himself to his honorable belief in a genuine change of the world and could not see from this perspective what all this would accomplish. The failure of Judas Iscariot is the story of all those who do not follow Jesus in a childlike way, but put their own thoughts and plans on this Jesus.
The attempt to take Jesus into the world in a very practical way, to use him for one's own purposes, is the great agreement of all heresies of the world and this Judas Iscariot. Planned and longed for is the great overthrow of the system, the great purification, the triumphal bang, the wonderful event that makes possible the power and glory of this Jesus. Every teaching, every religion, which puts this Jesus into a round, closed and neatly constructed world view, goes the way of Judas Iscariot.
The Watchtower Society draws up a map of the world that closely follows the plans of Judas Iscariot. Jesus of Nazareth is well formed in a religious system of thought of man, renouncing the insanity of the acquaintance of the one who absolutely unconventionally thwarts all human plans. Just as Judas Iscariot held back and waited for his time, so today the Jehovah's Witnesses hope for the great bang from which a world emerges in which they will remain as the only human existence. Judas had nothing else in mind – only that he was not interested in the whole world at that time, but only in Israel.
So Jehovah's Witnesses must also today look with suspicion at those who, like the children, enjoy the Lord's presence and ask him stupid questions, but do not want to know anything concrete about when the great liberation strike will finally take place. This brood of naivlings who apparently do not see the necessity of a fundamental change in the world, these seemingly selfish puppets who think they can be saved just by believing in this Jesus, these Jesus glorifiers who waste money, energy and time in vain! This cannot be the true religion!
There must be some practical plans. The evil ones must be destroyed!
The Watchtower offers comfort to the nations by the good news that God's kingdom will soon destroy those who oppress their fellow men, and that it will make the earth a paradise. (Original flap text of the Watchtower).
The factual agreement, the external kinship of the Watchtower Society with Judas Iscariot lies in the intimate desire and the open plan of a revolution in the sense of destruction, expulsion, purification. A deep intervention into the existing system is imminent. The existing system must be destroyed as in the dream of Judas Iscariot. For this Jesus is necessary and tolerated.
But they honorably renounce the personal profit that Jesus gave and promised to everyone who believes in him! For they have nothing in common with these naive, pleasure-seeking Jesus worshippers who enjoy his presence and claim that this is already the yellow of the egg, this is already the kingdom of heaven, this is already all that a person can achieve at all.
While Christians who have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord trust in Him like children and expect Him to change or save the world according to His taste, Jehovah's Witnesses must rely on the variants of the future they hope for. They are people who cannot enjoy Jesus Christ. They have incorporated him into their human system of thought and like Judas they draw him to realize their plans.
Christians also follow the Lord blindly in need and without immediately seeing through his intentions. Jehovah's Witnesses do not follow Him because they only understand their own plans and have reduced His power and glory to an acceptable level. What they have in common with Judas is that they cannot personally ask the Lord and are completely dependent on following their self-made view of the world. They are slaves of their world view and cannot allow the divinity of Jesus.
If only they would look at Judas and watch his end!