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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
TITLE: Judas' Kiss
By Denise Trujillo
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As the sun began to fade, he crept into the temple looking for the chief priests. Some people standing outside identified him as one of the disciples. He looked toward the crowd and proudly confessed he was a disciple of Jesus Christ. He turned away and worked his way through the large crowd. He stood before the temple and forced himself through the heavy wooden doors. The doors hurled open and slammed into the interior wall. The crash echoed through the silence within. Those inside immediately turned toward the door. Judas looked around and saw the chief priests. They stared at each other and a grin grew upon Judas’ face.
He drifted to the corner where they stood. The smell of incense was heavy in the air. He positioned himself next to them, yet never made eye contact. He pretended to admire the beautiful painting on the wall near them. He tilted his body toward them and whispered, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” The chief priests’ heads darted upward. They mumbled amongst themselves. Finally, one of them brushed up against Judas and placed a small bag in his pocket. “Thirty silver coins” he muttered.
Judas clenched the bag. He continued to gaze at the painting. He replied, “Tomorrow morning in the market” then strolled toward the door. When the temple door opened, he witnessed people bidding for meat from a merchant. Judas stood on a rock and shouted, “Stop! My Lord has warned you not to use His Father’s house as a market!” There was silence. One lady began to plead, “Please, forgive us. Please, tell you’re Lord we are sorry.” Judas stared at everyone and walked into the dark night.
He arrived at the place where he and the others were staying. The candles were out and everyone was asleep. He slithered into the back room and crept into bed. Jesus’ eyes opened when he felt his dark shadow cover him. Jesus sighed; He knew His day was approaching.
The blazing sun awoke them early the next morning. Judas offered to go to the market to obtain some food. Jesus felt the weight of sin beginning to envelop Him. Jesus knew what Judas had set out to do.
Judas made his way back to the temple. His eyes swept left to right in search of the chief priests. Suddenly, a group of guards approached him. Judas stood speechless until one guard spoke. In a stern voice, he explained that the chief priests instructed them that Judas would lead them to Jesus. “Yes, I will—He will be the one I kiss” he announced.
Judas turned and began to walk back to the place where he knew Jesus and the others would be. The guards followed nearby. Judas walked around a wall and through lush bushes. The beautiful flowing flowers turned into vicious thorns upon contact. Judas and the guards trudged through the bushes and, at last, they stood just feet from Jesus. Judas brushed shoulders with the other disciples as he made his way to Jesus. Jesus stood still, eyes fixed on Judas. Judas stopped and stood face to face with Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi” Judas declared. Judas then leaned forward and pressed his thorny lips against Jesus’ cheek. Immediately, the guards lifted their swords and hastened toward Jesus. Jesus walked past Judas and toward the guards, “Do what you came for” he proclaimed. The guards seized him. The other disciples began to wail. They ran toward Jesus but the guards drew they swords. They stepped back and glared at Judas. “Who are you Judas?” they roared. Judas could no longer speak; his kiss had already spoken volumes.
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