Friday, January 20, 2012

Judas Iscariot vs. Those That Be Of Men

Jesus had just given his disciples an example, that they should do to one another as he had done to them: He forgave the one who trespassed against him. At the time, Judas and Judas alone understood the symbolic action of the foot washing.

That positive example, however, was not the example that came to his mind when Jesus identified him as the one who should deliver him to the chief priests. No, the example that came to his mind was the negative example that Simon Peter had given unwittingly when he contradicted Jesus about the things that Jesus said would happen at Jerusalem.

Jesus put Judas into a position where Judas would either have to deliver him or to contradict him.

If Satan had possessed Judas and not just entered into him, then Judas would have contradicted Jesus as Simon did: “No, Lord. This shall not be done unto you. Though I have said that I would do this thing, I will not now do it.” And as with Simon, this contradiction of Jesus would not have been the result of savoring the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

I offer these ideas only in my own name.

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