I cannot thank God more for having my boss introduced me to Ray Anderson’s Gospel According to Judas, especially in the light of what has happened to me recently. I just thought I must write down the parts that move me (actually a lot). The book is not about the usual apocrypha “Gospel According to Judas,” but the title actually means “What the Gospel is really about, as seen from the life of Judas.” I think how we look at Judas indeed says a lot about how we look at GRACE. I feel that if I were to summarize the Gospel in a line, it would be “Hey! Judas is in Heaven!” Anderson invites the reader to explore the relationship between Jesus and Judas from the very beginning. Indeed there are many things I never thought of. The tragic event was not simply that Judas betrayed Jesus, but more so that he didn’t wait for the third day! What would happen if he had waited, how would the resurrected Jesus appear to him? Would Jesus appear to him first? Very likely. [I guess Jesus would have let him kiss Him, this time without the betrayal element!] This is probably why I am so fascinated by this Narnia movie still, it depicts a very special encounter that now could only take place in Heaven (yes I do believe Judas is in Heaven):

This week I read the part where Anderson quotes from Luke 6:12-16:
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: … [among them,] Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”

How could I never notice this before? Judas was an answer to Jesus’ prayer! This totally took my breath away because these months I have lost faith in prayer, having also prayed for God-given company and received wounds. Yesterday I read this and was deeply moved:
“Having received Judas from the Father, Jesus loved him from beginning to end.”  (p. 52)

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