I, Judas review

I, Judas

Goodreads: Judas, the myth, history’s arch betrayer who sold his Lord for thirty pieces of silver and stands for all time as a figure to be rejected and reviled; Judas, the man, son of wealth and power, a young rebel, a disciple who fought to suppress the lusts of his flesh and hot-blooded pride to follow Jesus, and who became the victim of a monstrously diabilical lie when he committed the act that damned him in the eyes of the world; now the man and not the myth comes alive in the most startling and spellbinding retelling of the greatest story ever told: the ultimate triumph of the novelist who has thrilled countless millions with her magic.

I don’t know about most people but I was raised to believe Judas was a bad man.  The only thing that he did that stands out in history is betray Jesus – at least to me – and I always assumed he did it for the thirty pieces of silver.  Judas became the epitome of betrayal – look up the word in the dictionary and his picture is probably there.

Judas, a man who was part of the inner 12, those closest to Jesus throughout his adult life. Judas, evil and deceitful Judas.

But Caldwell changes my opinion of Judas – even if it is a work of fiction.  In her book, Judas is consumed with the idea that Jesus will announce His kingdom on Earth and changes things for the better.  He believes Jesus is Lord and expected him to come in all His glory with a host of angels at his side.

That didn’t happen.  What Judas failed to understand was that Jesus had to come as a humble servant to take the place of mankind on the cross.  What Jesus did for us and the way he did it, is far beyond what coming with legions of angels would have done.  Jesus was our perfect sacrifice.

Poor, misguided, misunderstanding Judas.  He thought he could force the Lord into revealing His kingdom here on Earth – put a little pressure on and manipulate a few things and ta da, Jesus would reign supreme on Earth as Judas thought he should.

The book is rich with details of the era and while it is a work of fiction, one can see Judas from a different light.  Great read, a little long winded in spots but it makes one of the most significant yet terribly ignored disciples come to life.  I give the book an A.


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