“When the Nazarene lifted his eyes to me, I could not look away. Where I had felt flayed open beneath John’s gaze, I saw affinity in the Nazarene’s – as though there lived within those sunken eyes mystery and pain to match my own.
That was the first day I saw him, the man who would become my greatest friend.”
Judas. Few names in history automatically produce such a reaction. The Betrayer of Jesus. One whose life always begs the question, how could he betray Jesus? In this interesting take, Tosca Lee’s sheds light on the man who not only would turn against Jesus, but was one of his closest confidants for the three years he did his ministry.
“My master had dirtied his hands on the leper and the paralytic both. Now he dirtied them publicly with the tax collector. I began to wonder if that was the way it was, that one must dirty his hands to heal.”
What did I appreciate most about Iscariot? How it helped see the disciples and those names from the Bible as people, not just stories. What it looked like for Matthew, a very rich man to give it all up and live as a disciple. What it looked like for the Jewish leaders who didn’t know what to do with Jesus. And what it might have looked like for the man who betrayed Jesus.
Have you read it? What do you think?