Friday, April 03, 2015

The Final Confession of Judas Iscariot (#FridayFlash)

This is one of those stories I’ve wanted to write for a long time, and finally managed it this week. Being Good Friday, I guess it’s the best time for it. It ’s an alternate history in which Judas did not hang himself…



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The final confession of Judas, the Iscarius and Betrayer.

The Master taught us many things while He dwelt among us, and we did not understand some of them at the time. I, perhaps I understood least of all. But with certain death comes a measure of clarity, and this night I have finally learned the last lesson.

I have spent my final hours in prayer—why sleep, when eternal rest comes with the dawn? I have not prayed for deliverance, for the Messiah had told my fate in the hours before my greatest error: Woe to him by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born. He forgave me, of course, the night after he rose from the dead. He set out to conquer something far greater than the Romans—He conquered Death itself. And though I wished to die, He bid me live instead.

My errors were many in life, but this was my greatest: I believed He had come to establish an earthly kingdom. I gave Him over to the Sanhedrin, believing that I could force His hand. That He would at last show his power, throw off the shackles of his captors, and restore the Kingdom. One does not force God’s hand! At best, he may find that he has only done what God intended in the end.

Dawn is breaking. My time is short. The scaffold is ready, and I hear the guards coming. Would that I had the honor of dying on a cross, like the Master! But though I am the worst criminal of all, I shall be hung like a common one. Or a suicide.

11 comments:

  1. Judas is a much more interesting character when he's made sympathetic. One of my religion teachers used to joke he was a patsy from the start. I liked the narrative voice here.

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  2. Great flash fiction. Love the tone and voice of the narrator.

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  3. interesting thoughts in this. They follow much of what is believed was wanted from that time. Many thought when the messiah came he would be a conqueror but instead he came in peace.

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  4. Loved that Judas was telling his own story.....

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  5. A nice twist on this, Larry! I enjoyed reading it.

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  6. Perfect for today! Really liked the voice.

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  7. I always love it when the 'bad guy' tells things from his point of view.

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  8. Nice to give Judas a voice of his own.

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  9. Well done, Larry. I've always been troubled by the story of Judas, for if it was pre-ordained that he be the betrayer, then why should he be punished? Did Judas really have free will?
    (I'm a little late making my rounds, due to the holiday and the A to Z Challenge)
    Hope that you had a happy Easter!

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  10. Solid flash, Larry. Perhaps a more honorable death?

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  11. Very well done! Villains are always the heros of their own stories, so it makes sense that he thought he was doing the right thing. I also like the "Last Tempation" version where Judas was actually his truest friend. Nicely written!

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