Sunday, February 3, 2013
In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One—a miracle-worker. The promised Messiah and future king of the Jews, destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, Judas joins the Nazarene’s followers, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life.
But Judas’ vision of a nation free from Roman rule is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention—who seems in the end to even turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.
Iscariot is the story of Judas—from his tumultuous childhood and tenuous entry into a career and family life as a devout Jew, to a man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus himself that forces us all to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous—and infamous—religious icons in history.
Tosca put skin on Judas, and made him a real person. She took him from a young boy, up to when he joined Jesus. As Judas walks the shores of Galilee with Jesus and sees each miracle he does he is in awe of this Jewish teacher, who talks in stories.
At Peter's house one night Judas goes outside and Jesus is outside. Jesus says to him "The thing you seek is not along this shore, or in the hills. But with me. Follow me."
Yes. I said it in my heart. I do not know if it made it to my lips. It defied logic. He was a laborer and one of questionable birth and I was an educated businessman. But in that moment I felt I had found a thing, a person worth the resurrection of my every hope.
In that moment you see Judas' love and devotion for Jesus.
With each miracle that was performed I had goosebumps, and tears streaming down my face. I could taste the dust from the road, and smell the salty sea air.
This is not just Judas' story this is everyone's story. At some point we all have been Judas. We've betrayed Christ. The only difference is we're on the other side of the cross.
Tosca has written a beautiful story that is my top book for 2013. It will be one that will be read again and again. And it's not just a story, it is one that can be applied to each of us every day. Are we going to live for Christ today or for ourselves.
I highly recommend this book! I give this book a Lighthouse for pointing a path to God!
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