Judas Full of Questions

Judas

Full of Questions

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Judas

Full of Questions

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Judas

Full of Questions

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Judas

Full of Questions

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Judas

I find myself thinking a lot about the biblical bad guys of the Easter season lately. Judas in particular comes to my mind as we approach Good Friday. He’s bad guy number one by most accounts, right? Well, this may be shocking for some people to read but I think Judas gets a bad rap.

Does he sell out Jesus? Sure. There were many who quickly turned on Jesus in the week since Palm Sunday. There were certainly no more jubilant crowds showing “Hosanna!” Judas was one of many. But, there’s more.

Judas thought Jesus was a good teacher. He did follow Jesus after all. He wanted to give money to the poor too. It’s not likely Judas didn’t do any good during his time. So, he kept a little back. Jesus tells a rich man to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. He couldn’t do it. (Luke 18:22-23) Could I? Could you?

Most importantly, however, Judas wanted to live. The Roman army was in town to keep the peace by any means necessary. Judas knew if Jesus, and the crowds surrounding him, got too loud that’s when they would all parish. No questions asked.

The Pharisees, read the most religious of the day, worried the same thing. Jesus of course replied to their pleas that even if the crowds went silent, the stones would cry out. (Luke 19:40) Judas knew this. Something had to give.

And, I wonder, “How many times do I try to tame the words of Jesus to fit what is comfortable for me?” If I was following somebody not knowing where it was leading would I put my life on the line? I have the benefit of seeing the biblical playbook and I still admit to not following as closely as I’m asked. So, if you’ve ever felt less than secure in your faith walk, you’re not alone. It’s not easy!

Let’s just not be too hard on poor Judas. My guess is he just fell into the “Good Moral Teacher” camp. There are many people there. I actually feel kind of bad for him. His story doesn’t end well no matter which biblical narrative you read.

The question is not how much am I like Judas, ultimately, anyway. The question is how much am I willing to be different? Will I follow Jesus even when doing so is uncomfortable? Will you?

It’s a question we must all answer for ourselves daily.

Ask yourself,

  1. In what way can I step just a little bit beyond my comfort zone for the cause of love?
  2. How can I grow in community with others building on our shared commitment to love?

Even if not always easily answered, it’s questions like this that move us forward; individually and together.

So, be kind to yourself. …And to poor Judas too…

Wherever you are, please join me as we begin this part of our journey together and remember, in the realm of justice and love, “Love accepts you, no exceptions.”

Peace Love and Acceptance

2 thoughts on “Judas is Me

  1. I can no longer think of Judas without thinking of the amazing, even offensive, generosity of God’s grace. Sterling Brown wrote of it in a poem titled “Sister Lou,” in which he describes a soul’s arrival in heaven and what follows. It includes these lines:

    Give a good talkin’ to
    To yo’ favorite ‘postle Peter,
    An’ rub the po’ head
    Of mixed-up Judas,
    An’ joke awhile wid Jonah.

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    1. That’s the beauty of it all. So much humanity, even more grace. Thank God, literally. Thank you for sharing. Interestingly, I find myself moving toward storytelling much in the same vein as Sterling Brown with my poems, though, I envision telling stories in between when given the opportunity. Either way, I like to mix it up.

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