(quote) Paul-1049651 said: William Barclay, who was something of a heretic but still a fine Biblical expositor, noted that Judas's motive may have been 'to force Jesus's hand'. On this intriguing hypothesis, Judas didn't believe that Jesus would actually be killed - he thought that, when forced into an unavoidable conflict with the Romans, he would have to show himself the Messiah along the usually accepted Jewish lines - triumphing over the heathen, leading an insurrection, restoring Jewish independence and reigning as the long awaited Just King. Such a view would have required Judas to be deaf as to what Jesus's message had been all along, but there is, after all, some evidence that the Twelve WERE often a little dense about that. But when Jesus died on the Cross Judas's politico-religious hopes died too, and there was nothing left for him but the noose.
I can't say that I agree with Barclay, given the number of times Christ prefigured His suffering and death, and that, even if at first some of the disciples misunderstood the real presence and the institution of the Eucharist, he said that His mission on earth was to be handed over to the authorities and bear the weight of man's sins, in one form or another. In other words, that he was to be sacrificed. To your point however, even Peter thought he could spare Christ this cruel fate by fighting the temple guards in Gethsemane.