Posted by: Postordinandy | March 5, 2014

John 13 (pt 2)

I often wonder what went through Judas’ mind,

As he took the bread from the man he had travelled with for so long…

Vilified through the ages,

The symbol of betrayal and broken trust,

We assume that he had nothing but evil motive for his actions.

But, is it possible, that Judas was a lot more like you or I than we care to imagine?


Did he, motivated by his political creed,

Seek to force the hand of his much-loved leader,

Frustrated by the length of time,

And the lack of conclusive action,

That it was taking the Brave New Order he wanted to break into reality?


Was he, tempted by consumer desire,

Desiring an outwardly symbol of his time spent,

The weight of the team purse tearing at his sinews,

As, once more, the ministry funds went to help those less worthy than himself,

The skivers and shirkers of the age?


Is it possible, just maybe,

That he looked on with growing horror and regret,

As the ripples of one small, well intentioned, act

turned into relentless tsunami before him,

And swept away all he had hoped for, loved, and served?


“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfil this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’ “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.” [John 13:18-30]

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