Judas is guilty of ultimate treachery. That is undeniable. Judas was also an intimate hand-chosen by Jesus, which implies admirable attributes and a gift of grace. Take an exaggerated view of any theory and you can miss a valuable lesson about the effects of unfaithful, sinful thinking. Judas’ story serves as a warning, if you will, for those considered “close to the Master.” Because even in familiarity with the “rabbi”, a gradual slip into selfish desire can result in tragedy. … Read More Diary of Judas, a betrayer (Conclusion)
“I’ve done something and you must fix it.” I looked at each of the men hoping to find a glimmer of pity. I only found arrogant disapproval. I tried again because there was nothing left to do but beg. I dropped to my knees.
“Take it.” I held out the coin sack to the nearest priest. “I made a mistake. I never meant for Rabbi Yeshua to be crucified!”
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“Good evening, Rabbi!”
I reached for him, pressed my cheek on his and kissed the air beside his ear. I began to pull back, but he embraced me in a hug and spoke into my ear.
He held me at arm’s length and questioned me with a look.
I answered him with a grin. He sighed, and dropped his arms.
“Do what you came to do.”
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Mary broke into new sobs and threw herself across the rabbi’s feet. I wanted to slap her. She was encouraging him in this foolishness. I stepped back from the table, stung by the rabbi’s rebuke and confused in my thoughts.
Why does he go on and on about dying? He holds power over death. He holds power over the people. He can even control the weather. Why is he giving up? I was desperate to understand his motives, but terrified that he simply was not the man I wanted him to be.… Read More Diary of a Judas, a betrayer (Wednesday)
“Rabbi, ” Eli started with a mocking tone. “We know that you tell the truth and teach God’s way. You aren’t concerned with what others think of you and you treat everybody the same. So give me your opinion. Should we pay Roman taxes or not?”… Read More Diary of Judas, a betrayer (Tuesday)