Posts Tagged ‘hell’

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man named Judas Iscariot came along who was covered with poison ivy. When he saw Jesus, he showed him his blisters and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched Judas. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the poison ivy blisters left him.

Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for poison ivy, as a testimony to them.”

The news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

Jesus had just healed a women with warts when Judas returned. Judas said, “Master, It’s been a week and I’ve gone to the priest. Moses didn’t say anything about poison ivy.”

Jesus said, “You error, not knowing the Scripture and the power of God. Many’s the time I’ve avoided this, but that the Father may be glorified — Judas, drop what’char’doin and follow me.”

Judas was moved. He mashed out his cigar under the toe of his sandle and said, “Like Andrew and Peter?” A tear came to Jesus’ eye and he said, “Yeah, like Matthew, sorta.” Slowly he moved forward and embraced Judas, saying, “Peace be with you, Judas.” Judas replied, “And also with you.”

Jesus wept.

And thereafter Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Tr8: What does love your enemy look like? Can one wish better for Judas than Jesus?  Here’s an idea: what if we started a $1 million Judas Iscariot Fund and tried to redeem his name by helping others in Jesus’ name? Call me screwed up, but I wish sometimes…

Luke 5 and a bunch of others verses — a regular scavenger hunt of Scripture blips.

heavenIt’s 72 A.D. and Murphy, the non-disciple, sits with his family at the funeral of his son, Micky. They are near Capernaum, where Mick was killed in a construction accident. Murphy is getting on in years. While sitting with his wife, Murphy is approached by a neighbor, Sem, a Kurdish buddhist.

Sem (respectfully):May Mick be one with the universe.

Murphy: Hogwash.

Sem (surprised): What?!

Murphy: Hogwash. Mick is with Jesus right now in heaven.

Sem: That’s right, y’all are members of The Way.

Murphy: Quite right. I actually followed Jesus and spoke with him AFTER he didn’t die at the hands of the chief priests and Romans. Mick was a kid back then.

Sem: So, you believe in heaven? Where is it and what’s it like?

Murphy: Can’t say as I really know, but Jesus said there was such a place. When a guy who works signs and wonders rises from the dead says something, you can take it to the bank.

Sem: Does the Torah or any of your holy books teach about heaven?

Murphy: Can’t say for sure. I don’t really know the Scriptures like I should. But, if Jesus says it, I believe it. In fact, that’s why I believe the Jewish laws and prophets–Jesus did and that’s good enough for me.

Sem: I see. So, it’s all a matter of faith for you.

Murphy: Yep. Jesus said, “Life will be hard, but I go to prepare a place for you, that where I go you may be also.” I saw him live. I saw him die. I saw him alive again. AND, I saw him ascend into the sky.

Sem: Seriously?

Murphy: You can look it up. Dr. Luke wrote it all down for his friend Theophilus who lives in Alexandria, or maybe Antioch, by a library. There’s a copy of his letters down at our gathering place on the corner of Mud and Fish streets near my other son’s pub.

Sem: You believe Mick is with Jesus now?

Murphy: Yes, I do. Mick believed in the one who has risen. He repented of his sin, was baptized in the sea by Matthew the tax collector. Mick kept Jesus’ truth in his heart and acted graciously toward others.

Sem: That’s good.

Murphy: Yep. We’re parted for now, but we’ll meet up again. You wanna come along?

Tr8: Belief in Jesus settles our doubts about the hereafter. We may not know the answers, but we know the one who does.