I am Judas

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The story of Christ’s crucifixion confronts us with the dark-side of humanity. Having coming back from a visit to Rwanda last week, where I visited the genocide memorial in Kigali, where close to 300,000 victims of the 1994 genocide are buried, this potential for darkness and evil is especially prominent in my mind. We each need to own up to the role that we played in the murder of Jesus Christ – a man who had nothing but immense love for the world.

Judas Iscariot is arguably the most tragic character in the Bible (John 13:21-32). He walked with Jesus for three years, but ended up betraying him into the hands of the Jewish and Roman authorities for just a few coins. Too late, he recognised the horror of what he had done and attempted to repent and undo his evil deed. In despair he took his life.

We cannot blame Judas for Christ’s death, because we too betray Jesus and we too contribute to his death. And so, I suggest that we need to say “I am Judas” in recognition of our partnership in the execution of the Son of God. (I have adapted the ‘Je suis Charlie’ icon that was created after the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper in 2015 – ‘Je suis Judas’.)

But , where Judas approached the religious leaders for forgiveness, we should rather approach Jesus, whose capacity for forgiveness is eternal. And where Judas was unable to forgive himself, we need to accept Jesus’ forgiveness and allow ourselves to be set free from sin and guilt. Thus, we can also say, “I am not Judas” (‘Je ne suis pas Judas’).

2 thoughts on “I am Judas

  1. Genevieve Geekie says:

    Thank you, dear Adrian

    Every blessing for a joyous and happy Easter, to you and your family

    Love

    Gen Geekie

    On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 6:39 AM, Reflections of God’s Love wrote:

    > Adrian van Breda posted: “Click here to listen to this 10-minute message. > The story of Christ’s crucifixion confronts us with the dark-side of > humanity. Having coming back from a visit to Rwanda last week, where I > visited the genocide memorial in Kigali, where close to 300,000 vi” >

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    • Thanks so much Gennie. Blessings to you and yours also

      Adrian

      From: Reflections of God’s Love Sent: Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:28 To: advanbreda@gmail.com Subject: [Reflections of God’s Love] Comment: “I am Judas”

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      Genevieve Geekie commented on I am Judas

      Click here to listen to this 10-minute message. The story of Christ’s crucifixion confronts us with the dark-side of humanity. …

      Thank you, dear Adrian

      Every blessing for a joyous and happy Easter, to you and your family

      Love

      Gen Geekie

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