Monday, September 20, 2010

Did Judas Iscariot hear Jesus?

Mat 18:15  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

John 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
John 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

        The narrative of the footwashing can be understood as an attempt by Jesus to tell Judas his fault between him and Judas alone, and the footwashing itself can be understood as a symbolic  expression of forgiveness for the lifting up of his heel against him.

        Yet this attempt to confront and this act of forgiveness, though it be the work of the master himself, some might say, could have fallen on deaf ears.

        And although the kingdom of Satan was divided against itself, again, some might say, we can't know for sure that the Satan that entered Judas after the sop was a spirit opposed to the delivering up of Jesus to those who would take him and kill him - a spirit that Judas overcame.

        Perhaps this after-the-sop Satan was on the same side of the divided kingdom as the devil who put into the heart of Judas to deliver him up initially.

        Perhaps Judas rejected the attempts by Jesus to gain his brother.

        Perhaps Judas just rejected Jesus altogether.

        Then, if Jesus failed to save him, for whatever reason, while he was with him in the world ... then he will be judged in the last day by the word that Jesus has spoken: "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."

        Or perhaps, some might say, as their arguments imply, Jesus will fail then, too.

        I offer these words only in my own name.

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