There is a strange prophecy that the Judas drama appears to fulfill. Scripture says:
“I will redeem them from death…repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.”
I have to admit that this prophecy from Hosea 13:14 never quite made sense to me. Why will the Lord redeem when repentance is hid from His eyes? It goes against every biblical “principal” of redemption, right? Preston Harold says:
The repentance of Judas is “hid” from the eyes of Jesus. The two die “in phase,” the one called good, the other called evil. Through his death Judas is redeemed – this is to say, he redacted to the realization of what he had done by making the greatest act of contrition, of repentance, a man can make when no reparation can be made, and thereby he redeems himself to some degree in the eyes of mankind. Because he took his own life to give expression to his unbearable remorse and grief, he cannot be regarded as utterly evil and inhuman – after the betrayal, he fulfilled his mission and then did a very human thing.
The subject of the redemption of Judas is covered in great detail in Ray Anderson’s masterwork, “The Gospel According to Judas.” Following Harold’s assessment of Judas’ repentance being hid from the eyes of Jesus, Anderson takes us on an imaginative conversation between the risen Christ and the deceased Judas, wherein Judas’ repentance can be confirmed. In this conversation we learn that Judas cannot accept Christ’s forgiveness because of his deep shame and remorse caused by his deed of betrayal. Jesus explains to Judas that the reason he feels such shame is because of his incredibly deep love for Jesus. In Judas’ shame and remorse lies his redemption. Judas need only accept the fact that he is redeemed; Jesus tells him to “Come home, all is forgiven.” Preston Harold confirms this viewpoint:
There is an ancient Jewish sect, Hasidism, which holds that “the essential unity of creation precludes the artificial separation of the sacred and the profane…destroying the boundaries which cut off the evil from redemption and secure the righteous in their pride.” This study concurs. Each person is both good and evil – each deals with his own of ALL’s evil, generating from it a “footstool for his feet,” as he loses one ego-member who “buys” a bit of earth, pure matter and thus pure evil, when he returns the “coin of the realm” he has taken.
Within each of us there lies a Judas factor. Wherein do we each find that “unforgivable sin” we commit against the Holy Spirit? For each of us it is different. Yet the fact is that nothing can or will separate us from the love of God – we need only believe and trust…
In the psychic domain is there a Judas factor, rejected by the ego-group, unforgiven even though, as Judas did, this member so repents his deed as to be unable to bear himself and thus “spends” his life in sorry reparation? In the view of this study there is a Judas-factor and it has a special task, but it is not this utterly repentant one that represents damnation in the ego-group. Everything in Jesus’ teaching leads to the concept that the sorrowing and repentant are forgiven, whatever they have done. He upbraids the “cities” wherein His mighty works were done because they repented not. He warns, “It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.” Authority-Ego is addressing His own strongholds – this is to say, Jesus, as symbol of it, could address none other than his own. Only the “crumbs” that fell from the table He spread could be gathered by any other than “Israel.”
Until next time, peace.