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JUDAS, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU
by JMS Bell

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Somewhere in early April of 2009, on Poets.com where I was at that time a member, there appeared a poem, with the above title. In the poem, the writer began to 'laud' Judas for his actions of betrayal against the Savior. It was obvious that the writer felt a true comradeship to Judas, because he considered himself and Judas to be of the same evil character. Afterall, the writer insinuated, if Judas, who was one of the chosen twelve, could be a low lifed, hippocrite...why not him? Judas' actions, substantiated the life he chose to live and he thanked Judas for having done such a good job of betraying Christ. Of course, the poem itself showed the writer's lack of knowledge and understanding of Salvation's Plan so, as a Christian, I felt I should make a response. I waited... eyeing the poem for a couple of days... then this inspiration came. (There are some minor revisions)


 

Yes...his name was Judas

the Savior walked and talked with him

but seeing past his pretense of  'prudist'

Jesus knew his heart...his whim

So evident was this at the last sup

when Jesus bid him, 'do quickly what you must do'

thus, Judas having received the sop

with evil intent...out the door he flew

It would seem that satan had won

it would seem that now there was no 'cloak'

but...when Judas accepted the 30 pieces sum

Salvation peeped out...and lucifer 'choked' 

Then came the final act of deceit

the betrayer came cowering in a midst

God's perfect plan, Judas carried out...complete

he sought out Christ and planted a kiss

How grateful for that 'kiss' I am

how I thank God for that 'treacherous' act

now I recognize 'vileness' and can take a stand

now I can 'buffet' ...satan's willful attacks

Some say with glee that Judas did show

how cruel...an evil mind could be

some give a 'bow'...to a comrade so 'low'

but this is the picture I see...

Judas was a part of the plan from the beginning

he was placed...just for that task

Jesus never doubted His winning

Only His 'humanity' showed a sorrowful mask

The end of Judas is what I spy...

doing what he wanted, the 'traitor' could not see

he could have repented...but rejected to even try

he did things his way...hung himself on a tree

The plan of Salvation unfolded on a hill

Jesus endured this for us...and then he slept

but on a glorious Sunday morning...duty fulfilled

He rose...the promise of a 'Messiah' kept

Now...this is the point that I'm making

Jesus has the antedote...for every 'grit'

He 'chose' to suffer and die...thus with His waking

we can overcome pits...tho' not easy...I will admit 

Thank God for Judas?...sure I do

but not for the same reasons as you

Judas's sinful act...has become your excuse

but I'm glad for it too... his act turned me 'loose'

Now I am so...'free'

Free...to say 'no' with a fight

Free...to pray for strength  to do what's right

Free...to reject darkness and choose light

Free to rise from many falls...being human...I surely might

But most of all...

Free...to claim the victory over hell

that was wrought the Blessed day!

Free...to enter Everlasting Life's quell

for Jesus has opened the way!

 

Judas, I sure would like to thank you...

Yes indeed!

 

 

 

 

Is 11:1-5, Is 7:14-16

Is 53:1-7, Matt 26:47-50

Jhn 10: 15-18

copywrite; joyce m bell, 4/11/2009(rev. 10/2009)  

JMS Bell, poet/writer
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Reviewed by Brenda Dobson 10/26/2009
I am so glad to have witnessed this wonderful piece of writing from such a wise, faithful student of His Word. Blessings to you and yours, Brynn.
Reviewed by Milton Norris 10/23/2009
What a wonderful poetic response to open the eyes of a poet that would give credit to such a evil act.
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 10/22/2009
Wonderful write, I never looked at Judas this way, but wow, you have opened yet another door. May God bless you every day of your life.

Daniel
Reviewed by John Bidwell 10/21/2009
Do we not most honor the Bible by reading it? And doesn't that mean all of it?
Paul writing to the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 5. Some 15 years after the death of Jesus Paul is led to share that Jesus rose from the dead, was seen of Cephas, and then of the twelve. Paul seemed to know that Jesus was associated with 12 followers, and would thus believe he rose and returned to those 12. Paul obviously in his day had no clue that there was some defection in his ranks. Decades later a story of a betrayal was created, given the name "Judas" the Greek spelling of the nation of the Jews- and the writings of those later works called Gospels insist Jesus appeared to the eleven. One of those Gospels states that Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, another that Jesus simply identified himself to the guards. Judas is not said to have betrayed information, he is just necessary to point out the location of Jesus and which one in the group actually was Jesus. How could that possibly have been necessary?
Jesus was the story teller that everybody knew, who huge crowds came to hear. No introduction necessary, and all knew where to find him.
Unlike Paul, I have heard of the Judas story- but partly thanks to Paul I dismiss it as nonsense.
The Judas story does not lead to love, but aids the cause of hatred against the Jews.
Honest examination of all evidence is what can lead us to the best understanding of Jesus possible, and that is what I am seeking- always.

John
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/21/2009
.....this is wonderful Joyce, ty
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/21/2009
Only thirty pieces of silver? Judas wasn't an economic wizard, Mathew the Tax-man otherwise would have got a better payment for treason.
That shows us that crime really doesn't pay!

Georg

PS. He told me to tell you to no go around squealing about His Plan!

Reviewed by Inspire Hope 10/21/2009
A profound revelation Joyce! Thanks for so beautifully
responding to "JUDAS, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU"



Much Love
Always!!!
Reviewed by Richard Arrington 10/21/2009
A great testimony to this person, Joyce. Very well done!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 10/21/2009
A unique way to look and expalin Juduas and hwy he did what he did. Its given me a different way to look at what happened... A great sharing Joyce...M
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/21/2009
This is beautifully redone, Joyce.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/20/2009
Joyce, you have such a beautiful and wise heart....and you teach well through your work. You, dear lady, and your work, are truly inspirations!



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