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The Kernel of Christianity

Judas and Jesus

I heard this poem on the television. Then, I looked it up on the internet, so that I could share it with you. The title of this blog is what the poem has been called. The author is unknown. Please read this thoughtfully, savoring its every word and picturing Jesus speaking to Judas, while He is nailed to the Cross.

Judas, if true love never ceases
How could you, my friend, have come to this:
To sell me for thirty silver pieces
And betray me with a kiss?

Judas, remember what I taught you,
Do not despair while hanging on the rope.
It’s because you sinned that I have sought you;
I came to give you hope.

Judas, let us pray and hang together,
You on your halter, I upon my hill.
Dear friend, even if you loved me never,
You know I love you still.

None of us are perfect. We don’t even come close. To look at Judas and say, “How could he?” is rather a bit duplicitous, or two-faced on our part. We have betrayed Jesus many times in our lives. And yet, we, sometimes, look upon this fallen Apostle with disdain and outrage. If this were a “Morality Play”, the part of Judas would represent all of mankind’s errors, sins, faults, and deceptions. In speaking to Judas, Jesus is speaking to all of mankind (Me and You). He does so, not to embarrass us, not to demean us, but to let us know that He came into this world to give each of us hope. His love is such that it does not depend on how much we love back.

We don’t really understand this totally free, unconditional love that Jesus has for us. Only God can love with that much abandon. We look upon Jesus hanging on the cross, and know that this is being done for us. But we really don’t understand it. We cannot understand a love such as this. We are human, with all of the trappings of littleness, and selfishness. His love is selfless!

He came to give us hope. He came to show us how to love. He came to show us how to live. His life is the blueprint for the rest of mankind to follow. In following His example, by living our lives as closely as we can to His we are accepting God’s love, His total, unconditional and undying love. By following Him, we are placing our hands in His and saying, “I love You, I trust in You. I really trust You.” This is how we thank Him for never stopping His love for us, in spite of our failings that nailed Him to that cross.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) One Of You Will Betray Me
2) Another Look At Jesus’ Humanity
3) Three People In Our Life
4) Thou Art Peter- Upon This Rock?


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If you believe in life after death, then read on. If you believe there is something special about the animal, called “man”, then read on. If you can’t say, “Yes” to those two statements, but want to understand yourself better then maybe you should read on, also.

I truly believe that this can help all of us understand the beauty and love of the person of “Jesus”. To do this I will point to three persons in your life. They will be different for each one of us, but their deaths will bring about the same reaction, the same feeling of loss. Well, at least, two of them will.

The first person that I bring back to your memory is that close friend or relative that died, maybe recently or maybe a long time ago. Whenever it was that he/she died, it still hurts to think of your loss. To think of those good times that were lived and will not be realized again, at least not in this lifetime, is still painful. You remember who it was. That person was a joy to be with. There was no façade with this person. What you saw, was what you got. Their heart was on their sleeve, and they were always true to their heart and to you.

The second person that you are to recall is not a close friend, but rather a person who you really never liked. This was the person who made you feel dumb, or pointed out your flaws, your misgivings. You never felt comfortable around him or her. You maybe never could put your finger on the reason why, but it was there, all the time, the dislike. Or maybe, you could point out their flaws, the things that you didn’t like about them, but were too courteous to tell them. Or, at least you felt you were being courteous.

Both persons have now passed on. Both have gone to their eternal reward. One you miss, the other, you hardly think about. But… stop right there. Let me get this right. The first person is gone, but you still miss them. Even though they lived a good life, (as far as you were concerned they led a good life), even though they are now reaping their eternal reward, you are still sad?? And, the other one, the one you never liked (you didn’t feel comfortable about them, you didn’t like their attitude) they too are reaping what they sowed. You don’t think about them. You don’t care about them.

Two lives have intersected with your life and you have different feelings about both. The one, who you liked you are sad with the loss. The one, who you disliked, you could not care less about them. Both deaths seem to revolve around YOU and YOUR feelings. Both evoke emotions that are totally different, but stem from your attitude towards them, or, their attitude towards you.

At the outset, I spoke of three deaths. Who is the third person that died? Jesus, he died, nailed to a cross. Beaten and punished for OUR sins, yours and mine. He died an excruciating death. What do you feel about Him? Do you cry for him? Do you regret that he died? Do you ever think of the part that you played in His death? This Man of love, who cares for each one of us, even as WE drive nails into his hands and feet. He loves us. What are your thoughts about Him? Do you miss Him? Have you met Him? Or, do you hardly think about Him?

I don’t mean this to be sarcastic, or hurtful. I am pointing out that three persons have touched our lives, and we have different thoughts, different feelings about all three. It seems as though we treat this world as if it revolves around us. It is bad that some people die (those that treated us well). Some people get what they deserve (those that made us feel uncomfortable). And some, we might not even think about, at all (you have to supply the reason, here). The world, this world, does not revolve around US. No matter what we think.

Jesus did walk this earth. Historians, not religiously connected, but natural historians back in the early 40-50 AD, spoke of the Christian sect and the troubles their presence caused. Jesus is real, just like you and me. If we are to be Christians (followers of the Christ) then He is to be part of our lives, our thoughts, our feelings, our way of life. We cannot treat the world as though it has us to thank. We cannot look at the world and choose to put it into different boxes. People, all people, those that we like and those that we have trouble with, deserve our best intentions. They deserve to be prayed for, treated with love and concern. They are not to be dismissed. Not the beggar, the addict, the lazy, the dirty, the murderer, the ungrateful (you get the idea), none of these should be excluded from our prayers, our love, our concern. All should be loved in a caring way, even those persons who don’t care about us and take advantage of us. Nobody said that the life of a Christian was an easy one. The eternal reward, though, is magnificent.