Sunday, March 23, 2008

#1: The Easter Judas had to have.

7 Posts on the Easter Judas had to have! These are some reflections on Luke 22:3-23. This was a part of a sermon I did on Maundy Thursday night.

Judas represents a world gone wrong.

Judas has always been a mysterious character in history: Appealing and repulsive at the same time. And notice that Luke 22:3-23 is framed by references to Judas: V3-6 begins our text, and v21-23 ends our text. Judas' Easter is the 'bookends' surrounding Jesus' last Supper before his death. That, in itself, says something interesting about the person and work of Jesus.

What is it about Judas?

What about the others? Peter troubles us for his denial. Thomas troubles us for his doubt. Everyone else ran away. But Judas? Heck, Judas betrayed the Lord our God. He was close to him for 3 years, and yet sold.him.out.

Jesus, who is worth more than the universe he created, was sold out for a mere 30 pieces of silver. Scary.

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byron smith said...

Did your audience get the reference in your title? Isn't it more of an Australian/Paul Keating thing?

byron smith said...

I'm looking forward to this series, having just preached on Peter's experience myself.

Justin said...

Actually, that words 'had to have' are a Blog edition. But I didn't think of Keating when I wrote it.

Will you Blog Peter, Byron?

Craig Tubman said...

Thankyou Justin for constantly opening up angles the narratives give us, but that we rarely engage with.

Looking forward to the rest of the posts.

Hope your Easter weekend was good (if you've had it?)

byron smith said...

I might, though I think (for various reasons) it might need quite a bit of reworking to be blogged. Perhaps I will just blog some bits of it instead.

Justin said...

Oh Tubeo -- thanks for the encouragement.