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Holy Week Thoughts- Judas

I think many in our culture and cultures around the world today would have thrown post-betrayal Judas into ridicule, prison or worse, killed him ourselves. I'm absolutely convinced, however, that Jesus would have treated him with incredible compassion, forgiveness, and restoring love.
There was remorse. He threw the 30 pieces of silver at the feet of those whom he had slithered for. Judas had done a bad thing. Very. But I've never known a person Jesus wouldn't embrace with full forgiveness.
Judas didn't get to see the third day because he took his own life. He didn't get to eat breakfast with the disciples on the beach with a risen Jesus, and hear the words of affirmation and restoration that Peter got to hear.
Or maybe he did, in a way we don't know. I guess we won't know til later. But. Regardless. How do we treat people who turn their backs on us, disown us, or even betray us? What if we acted like Jesus in those moments?

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