Holy Week ~ Love Dies to Impatience

Aramis Thorn
3 min readMar 30, 2021

Judas did not hate Jesus. That is too easy. He was impatient and that is a deadly thing.

Greetings Dear Reader,

We can all be more patient. We know that the Jewish priests have decided to kill Jesus. There are other things we know that we never consider. Every story needs a villain and this one has several.

The obvious enemy is the priesthood. There are also the Romans always there in the background. They are part of the third act of our drama. Today, however, it is the unforeseen enemy that rises to our attention. I begin with the question that will be part of my fall novel, The Judas Scroll. Yes, Judas is at the center of the drama today. The death of love here happens in two ways.

First, it is his own impatience that kills love. Instead of trusting the Father to unfold things in a proper way, he tries to push Jesus to act like God. He tries to manipulate the situation for Jesus to be a warrior king. He has seen all the miracles. He has been one of the twelve sent out with power. His evil is impatience.

The second thing that kills love here is our traditional hatred of Judas. Even if he intended for Jesus to die, we are required to love him. Year after year I hear others express their hatred of Judas. What he did lead to the death of Jesus but that was not his intent. It is clear from his second meeting with the priests that this is true.

We must be patient with the Father. We must accept that he has things under control. We must love him enough to trust his timing. We must not try to push the Father’s agenda. It is in this place that we find ourselves as the priests test the authority of the Son, the fig tree lies to him, and Judas prepares to push God’s agenda.

As we draw closer to the cross, we continue to kill love with things we ought not. It is in this vein that we prepare for the things that require the death of Jesus but for which we should feel great sorrow because of our part in it. We must love Judas. We must love the priests. Our love for the Father must make us patient with his plan, timing, and will, Dear Reader.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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Judas did not hate Jesus. That is too easy. He was impatient and that is a deadly thing.