The book “Songs of the Deliverer” tells the story of Christ re-cast in modern day. The book is a work of fiction but the stories and characters are based on the Gospels of the New Testament. This Reflection is based on the scene at the Last Supper when Judas betrays Jesus. Click “play” button below to listen to the dramatic reading as taken from the audiobook version of “Songs of the Deliverer.”
Referenced in Chapter Sixteen
“I am the way.” (John 14:6)
This is the declaration of Jesus as he gathered together with the disciples for the last time. For those who chose to stay ever faithful, he prayed to God:
“This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
The next day would lead to his persecution and crucifixion. Yet he thought not of himself and his impending suffering, but of his followers and their yearning for assurance. He wanted to confirm for them that their faith was not in vain. In their presence, he turned to God and asked Him to love his disciples just as God loves Jesus, His Son:
“I am no longer in the world and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, the name which you have given me that they may be one even as we are.” (John 17:11)
But not all were faithful to Jesus, not all of the disciples followed his way. One disciple, Judas Iscariot, took flight down another road:
“While I was with them, I was keeping them in your name which you have given me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished, but the son of perdition.” (John 17:12)
Judas’ betrayal and flight down the road to perdition was the rejection of Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. It was the repudiation of the teachings of Christ. It was the denunciation of eternal life in heaven. It was a choice between serving two masters: the King of heaven or the king of the world. Judas fatefully chose the road that secured his death – sealing the choice with a kiss.
The way of Jesus beckons in radiance. The road to perdition looms in the abyss.
What do you choose: faith or flight?
Share this Reflection by email or through your social media