I made a comment a few days ago about Judas… tempted to make this blog not wwjd? but wdjdwhd? Why did Judas do what he did? Not quite as slick and don’t think it would really take off.
The conventional thinking is of Judas as evil throughout, the betrayer from the beginning. Maybe – but maybe there is another reading that fits better. I have long been provoked by the similarities between Peter and Judas. One denied Jesus – and not once but three times; the other betrayed him. One was heartbroken at his own failure – oh, yes, so was the other one and took his own life as a result. One lived to be restored – the other…
Could it have been different? (Now, please all flower lovers of the ‘T’-type allow me a little slack.) I think it could have been different. That gives me hope. Hope because there is a bit of Judas in us all – and dare I say it a little more than a bit.
So let me track a few days with this disciple that Jesus chose.
It was my good friend Johnny Barr (I still miss him) who was the first one to speak about the connection of Judas weakness and the task Jesus gave him.
A love of money and looking after the money bag. Great choice for a church treasurer!
What is taking place? Many things: 1) Jesus is showing that he trusts his Father as his supply, not simply good stewardship; 2) that people are valued higher than money -people cannot be valued in monetary terms; 3) he is discipling Judas. I will pick up on this last point tomorrow.