He heard the voice calling to him from the darkness, invading his senses, “Judas, Judas, hear me speak”.
He instantly woke up and jumped from his bed, the hair in the back of his neck standing at attention.
“Who is calling me,” he barked, “what do you want?”
“Judas, do not be alarmed. I merely want to discuss an proposition with you.”
“Sir, I do not know who you are. Why do you come into my room?”
The figure stepped into the light, exposing his twisted grin and his flushed complexion. “Judas, my name is Lucifer. Relax, I merely ask that you would simply sit and listen to my offer. Is that acceptable?”
Judas, still trying to gather his bearings from being awakened so abruptly, sat back on his bed. He did not recognize the stranger, yet the name was vaguely familiar. Where had he heard the name before, he wondered, yet could not recall. Observing that the stranger did not seem intent on harming him, he asked “Sir, what is this offer of which you speak?”
“I need you to do something for me”, Lucifer began with a concerned look on his face, “You friend, Jesus of Nazareth is in trouble. The word of His deeds has spread across the land and many are angry with His doings. Several groups are looking to bring harm to Him, and He needs to be protected.”
“How may I protect him, pray tell? He is the Son of the Lord, what harm can befall him?” Judas asked.
“Dear Judas,” he continued gently, “Jesus is so busy with his ministry that he is unable to see the anger of the Jews. Unless he is protected, he will likely be taken and put to death by an angry mob. Only you, with my help, have the power to protect the Christ”
“Why then do you not move to protect Jesus yourself, Lucifer?” Judas inquired.
“Ah, Judas, if only it were that simple. You see, I have had multiple run-ins with the authorities around here and as a result, no one will listen to what I have to say.”
“Why then are you looking to help Jesus if you are against the laws?”
Lucifer grinned and spread his open palms with a shrug, “Judas, my problems with the authorities are merely because of my preaching on the Christ. The elders do not believe that our friend Jesus is the Christ, and they are unhappy with my persistence in sharing that knowledge.”
Judas was all too aware of the problems he, Jesus, and the other apostles had encountered during their travels. Indeed, it was easy to see the possibility of angry mobs, already speaking and murmuring against the Son of the Lord, deciding to finally take action. At Lucifer’s words, Judas realized that Jesus did indeed need protection, and the opportunity to do so was sitting right in front of him.
“Lucifer, what must I do to protect my Lord?”
“Judas, I am happy to see you feel the way I do. I want to let you know that with my plan, not only will you take care of the Savior, you will also be able to make some money that can be used to help the poor.”
“What will you have me do then?”
“It is simple Judas. Go see the chief priests and the captains. Although He is not fond of them, they are the only ones who can keep him safe. Tell them that for a reward, you will turn Jesus over to them.”
“I will do it Lucifer, thank you for showing me how I may help the Christ!”
Lucifer replied with a smile as he saw himself to the door, “Don’t thank me dear Judas, I thank you for allowing me to help. Bless you and I will see you again soon.”
Judas did as he was told, he established a covenant with the chief priests and captains, and betrayed the Lord Jesus. When he realized what he had actually done, fall victim to the lies and temptations of Satan, Judas took his life. Like many to follow after him, Judas turned away from the Son, thereby turning away from the Father, all the result of allowing Satan to corrupt him and turn his heart black.
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