“I’ve lost my sole!”
“What do you mean? You can’t lose your soul! Remember what He said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you?’
“No, look!” Judas lifted his robe. The thong ties had broken and the bottom of his sandal flopped in the dust. “See! I’ve lost my sole!”
“Not amusing! You shouldn’t be speaking things like that when we’re on a mission. We have to get to the next town! Here, let me.” Exasperated, Simon bent down and tied Judas’ sandal together again.
“You know, Simon, what if my sandal doesn’t hold together until we reach shelter? What then, huh? Why couldn’t I bring my extra shoes and cloak?
Simon stood up and stared hard at Judas. His arms shot up into the air as he replied, “You know why. Jesus said that if we were to take provisions with us, the lost of Israel wouldn’t see that we needed a place to stay. We are to stir compassion in them, to the point of their repentance! That is our mission! Why is that so hard for you to accept? Anyway, we’ll be back before it gets cold so we won’t use the extra cloak and shoes. They would just slow us down. We have work to do for the Lord! Let’s go!”
Judas took note of the zeal within Simon. He sure is excited about this work,’ he thought. ‘I wonder how useful…?’
“Alright, Simon. I’m glad that He sent you with me. Tell me…do you understand why the Pharisees are so hot about Jesus. They wander after us and ask the most confusing questions. Don’t they realize that He’s our Deliverer? We will be free of Roman oppression and He will be exalted as our King!”
Simon cast a sidelong glance at his companion. “The religious community is upset because Jesus is performing miracles…and He’s given us that great gift, too! The Pharisees know their jobs are in jeopardy. They would lose their status with the people and of course, favor and gifts, too. Just wait until our people see the sick healed, demons cast out and hear the message of salvation! They will truly want Jesus as their King!”
The disciples continued on their way, each consumed with their own thoughts. Excitement about the coming Kingdom of God and the miracles they will perform quickened their hearts and minds.
“Hey, stop that!” cried Simon.
“Oh, you’re no fun,” moaned Judas as he brought his staff back to the ground after a tickling attempt. “I hope we’ll be there soon, I’m getting hungry!”
“Shouldn’t be long, now. I can see some smoke up ahead. Besides, we have the Word of the Lord to feed us. Let’s pray for strength.”
The two entered the town and the people questioned the strangers. Soon, a man of modest means offered his home for their use. After resting, Simon and Judas preached repentance of sins. All who came were healed and delivered.
In the quiet of night, Judas Iscariot pondered his situation. 'Many gifts were given besides food and shelter. This may be profitable for me as well as for Jesus. After all, I’m working, too. Maybe I should go talk to the Pharisees…'
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