Based on Leonid Andreyev’s novel Judas Iscariot.
Judas, a seasoned thief, finds himself in the market square where Christ is giving a sermon while his apostles are collecting alms. He follows them and steals their money, only to be caught red-handed. Nevertheless, the Teacher forgives him. Moreover, He invites the thief to become one of His followers and offers him a position as the group’s treasurer. Shocked by Christ’s unexpected offer, Judas decides to join the apostles to figure out what is going on. He gradually starts to comprehend Christ’s message, though he feels that the apostles are following their teacher blindly. Judas argues with them, and tries to defend his right to divine the truth of God. When he fails to make them understand, he realizes that Christ’s teachings may sink into oblivion without benefiting humanity. His solution is to betray Christ.
“By killing a man, have I not saved a God?”