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Author: Robert of St Louis Date: Mar 20, 2008 23:29
Have you heard about it? Actually it is just an ancient document
getting more spotlight again I really don't worry what other folks
think of it. I don't worry about how "authentic" it is, but I have to
admit I plain ole 'like' it. It really seems to make sense of "why"
Jesus picked Judas as a disciple in the first place.
I think most of us wondered for years, if Jesus was so insightful
why did he pick out such a scoundrel. For those who have not read
about it or heard about it...it presents Judas as the most loved,
because he had the hardest role to play. Both he and Judas knew what
he "had" to do. And it sort of makes sense about 'why' in the gospel
that Jesus tells Judas...."Ok, this is the time, go do what you have
to do."...Now why would he know that or say it openly? It did not make
sense to me before why that popped up in the Last Supper out of
It was almost like Christ was saying..."Ok this is the highlight
of the story....this builds up to the grand conclusion: HIS actual
death." Judas was 'chosen' to be the one who had to approach the
Jewish leaders and start the ball rolling. It was the worse role any
of the 12 had to play.But his role was key to the Death and
Resurrection. Both Judas and Jesus knew it "had"to be done.
It really doesn't seem to jar my Faith to believe this. According to
this gospel it took incredible love on Judas' part to have to do
this. He hated it and just knew it was 'necessary'. I hate to use
that trite saying...."Somebody has to do it ,but why me."
I can see a movie being made of this gospel someday and the
institutional churches having a hissy fit. I look at it more as a
personal meditation and not something I 'have' to believe,but
something I would like to believe. It does not make Judas into a super
hero,but just like Jesus, he had to go through with it regardless of
how he 'felt' about it. It was a necessary part of the entire