While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man named Judas Iscariot came along who was covered with poison ivy. When he saw Jesus, he showed him his blisters and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched Judas. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the poison ivy blisters left him.

Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for poison ivy, as a testimony to them.”

The news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

Jesus had just healed a women with warts when Judas returned. Judas said, “Master, It’s been a week and I’ve gone to the priest. Moses didn’t say anything about poison ivy.”

Jesus said, “You error, not knowing the Scripture and the power of God. Many’s the time I’ve avoided this, but that the Father may be glorified — Judas, drop what’char’doin and follow me.”

Judas was moved. He mashed out his cigar under the toe of his sandle and said, “Like Andrew and Peter?” A tear came to Jesus’ eye and he said, “Yeah, like Matthew, sorta.” Slowly he moved forward and embraced Judas, saying, “Peace be with you, Judas.” Judas replied, “And also with you.”

Jesus wept.

And thereafter Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Tr8: What does love your enemy look like? Can one wish better for Judas than Jesus?  Here’s an idea: what if we started a $1 million Judas Iscariot Fund and tried to redeem his name by helping others in Jesus’ name? Call me screwed up, but I wish sometimes…

Luke 5 and a bunch of others verses — a regular scavenger hunt of Scripture blips.

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