His Role in Jesus’ Story is So Misunderstood
When you consider how the winning side always gets to write the history books, it shouldn’t be a surprise to be told that one of the villains of the Passover Plot was actually the one who made it all possible. In other words, the hero of the piece.
When Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1970, we were given the first inkling that perhaps the presumed guilt of Judas’ actions that drove him to suicide was really about his anger at being duped by Jesus. That seems to answer those age-old questions: Didn’t Jesus know Judas would betray him? And why didn’t he stop him from doing so?
The Akashic Records
Then I saw Christ, and the joy of him filled my heart, as I remembered all our times of union. The future showed us leaving Israel after the resurrection with Judas and Thomas. The four of us would share the danger and the drama, wound together in union through the journey.
It would take a long time, the passage from Israel to safety, and even then our safety would be relative, for some would know whence we had come. We would be guarded by those who understood the design, living quietly, silently moving from place to place, meeting only those we were guided to trust, those who bore the sign of the fish, the sign of the one. It is one thing to run and hide, and another to know that you are safe, and I saw that we would know both at the same time. And so we would live, our sanity assured only through this knowing.
Thomas would leave us in the Grecian islands, and then the three of us would hold tightly together, making our way through new lands to France. I saw Christ, weakened from the ordeal in Israel, needing love and support during our long journey. He would rest for a time and we would make a home together until he was ready to travel and teach. I felt unconditional love with Christ, saw his leaving and our reunion many years in the future after I had left Judas.
Judas. I stopped at the door where he stood. He came from the door frame, and in my vision, we walked into the future together. I saw us as friends first and lovers second. Then I saw us as man and woman, living together as I had with no man, in the way of the flesh and the heart, bearing to him the fruits of union, bringing forth three souls whom we would raise together, two boys and one girl.
Traveling from place to place, we would heal and teach, building and sustaining, one to the other, content to live in holy marriage, the union of male and female.
Magdalena, Flo Aeveia. I Remember Union: The Story of Mary Magdalena (Kindle Locations 1763- 1776). All Worlds Publishing. Kindle Edition.
So Which Story is the True Story?
Ah, that’s the rub! Peter and the rest of the disciples had the Acts of the Apostles written as a record of what happened after Jesus’ resurrection, from their limited points of view. It doesn’t mean they lied, just that they still didn’t see the bigger picture.
Two of the four characters who disappeared after the Gospels ended have been side-lined by history: Mary Magdalene was spoken of as a disreputable woman, rescued from her sins by Jesus; and Judas Iscariot hung himself for his crimes. There, they’re out of the picture now.
The other two got sent on their way, too: Thomas was dubbed Doubting Thomas; and Jesus ascended into Heaven. Nicely wrapped. That left Peter in charge. (I haven’t even gone into the Jerusalem infighting with Jesus’ brother, James…)
Luke 19:37-40 King James Version (KJV)
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.