I write this not to condemn Judas, but also not to raise him to a level that would ignore the issues being dealt with.
There are many that are writing that Judas was chosen to fulfill the role of Jesus’ betrayer. It depends on a certain perspective as to whether it is true and what this then means. There is much coming forth that portrays Judas as having acted from divine will, without choice, or with a noble purpose in mind. In my writings, I write of what I “see” psychically, and although there are many perspectives, I am not seeing some of what others report.
I see several points to consider when first examining the role of Judas.
First of all, Judas at no time had his freewill taken away from him. This cannot be ignored. God does not take away freewill from anyone, for any reason, at any time. In addition, the shortcomings that led Judas to act in the way which led to his betraying Christ were real and available to be changed, healed and transformed – even to the point of not acting in the way he did in an alternate path.
Judas’ difference from the other Apostles, and that which leads many to say Judas was special, was that the other Apostles’ shortcomings and faults were not available to bring about Jesus’ death. Every Apostle had an issue to deal with – Judas’ was arrogance, Peter’s was anger, and each in their own right, was representative of a struggle within the human consciousness in facing a particular issue of life.
No other Apostle was to face the impact of their challenge/issue with the same potential outcome. Judas did indeed have one of the more important issues to address within himself – an issue everyone must eventually face. This can be considered part of the message of examining Judas’ life, though.
If we take a look at arrogance, we can see that it is the perspective and belief that we are better than the other – even when the other is God. It is a holding of a perspective that our ideas, thoughts, feelings, directives are better even than God’s. It includes the consciousness “Our own will, not thine be done, Lord.” It is when we place ourselves first, and God and all others second. This attitude and consciousness does contribute to separation from God, over oneness with God. And if we were to perceive the life of Judas and Jesus metaphorically, as two different aspects of ourselves, we can see how arrogance – believing we know better what path is to be taken than God – has an effect even within our own self.
The role of Judas was to deal with the arrogance within his own consciousness. This quality of consciousness for him as well as for all of us, must be dealt with, faced directly, or it will bring forth problems and throw us off our path. The role of the soul of Judas is even now to deal with arrogance within his own consciousness. Arrogance is what led him to act as he did, and becoming aware of his arrogance is what led him to then commit suicide.
Dealing with arrogance is something we all have to face – sooner or later. All of us will eventually take on the role of Judas in our own life for our self. Arrogance is when we place our self above others and even above God – when thinking we are the source of the good that comes from within us. How we face this issue each and every time that it comes up, determines how we relate to the Christ Spirit within – putting the Christ Spirit within onto the throne or putting the Christ Spirit within onto the cross.
Had Judas been willing and able to resolve his arrogance issue in that life, he would not have been instrumental in Jesus’ death. Jesus’ death was still to happen, but it would have been through another avenue. Judas would not have lived long after that. He would have been one of the first ones quickly to be killed by the Romans since he was a recognized Zealot. In this alternate timeline, he would have been happy in his death.
From a direct spiritual perspective:
From the spiritual perspective, there is no judgment of any of us, including Judas, Hitler, bin Laden, and anyone else who we here on earth consider to have acted with evil intent or done evil. This is appropriate and binding because from our spiritual perspective, when we are unencumbered by earthly perspectives, we can see far more of the great and big picture of how God can take our shortcomings, our mistakes, and even death itself, and turn them into life, can take ashes and turn it into the Phoenix, can take betrayal and turn it into the single most life-giving act to have happened for humankind – Christ’s death upon the Cross – and all that this death on the Cross brings forth (even though we don’t fully understand all that it brings forth.) It demonstrates that with God, all things are possible – even bringing life from death.
From those on the other side, sending information through avenues to the physical world, Judas’ actions can be seen in the light of his participation with the roll of the Cross. His act of “betrayal” becomes extremely unimportant and minutely insignificant compared to what Christ’s death on the Cross brings us. So, it is appropriate even that their message is one of acknowledgment of Judas in the light of how significant Jesus’ death on the Cross is for the entire spiritual evolutionary path of all humankind.
For lack of a better metaphor, it is like seeing a splinter bring about the creation of a whole universe. The bad of the one is so extremely overshadowed by the good of the other. Judas is recognized more for what God did with his actions, than what mankind thinks of his actions. It is the same with the story of Joseph and his brothers selling him into Egypt. Joseph later sees that what they meant for evil, God meant for good. This doesn’t mean they were meant to do what they did, but rather it shows the ability of God and what He can do with any evil, destructive or negative situation.
We must also take into account that the acts which wholly encompassed the betrayal by Judas, is wholly and completely forgivable. Even Judas knows this. As we meet ourselves and that which we do, we are to find that place within ourselves to forgive and be forgiven. It is easy when God is part of the act. We are to forgive Judas for his actions. This is for all humans/souls to do. Placing his acts in a better light or better perspective can help this forgiveness to take place.
There was no stopping Christ’s death on the cross. Jesus knew his fate when He was the person of Enoch. It is for this that He came. His final act was to show us where we all will go as the spiritual beings that we actually are – to leave this Earth plane. How can we as spiritual beings leave this Earth plane if we as spiritual beings don’t leave this Earth plane?
But where to? to that place from which we originated – the realm of Spirit – with each life form eventually recognizing that we are spirit beings embodying physical forms, and not physical beings. Since we souls are all foreigners on this planet, it is for us to eventually remember this and return from whence we came – and I’m not talking about other physical planes or planets. I’m talking about the realm of awareness of spiritual identity.
Finally, it is this spiritual perspective that it would be good for us to grow towards, but also including a balanced understanding of all aspects of events. We don’t have to give up understanding in this world in order to gain being non-judgmental developing the spiritual world’s perspective at the same time.