Today's excerpt comes from a scene between Judas and Lucifer, as Judas negotiates for what he wants most in the world - to keep Jesus safe and not see him die. Enjoy!
“Well, I know what it is that I want, but let me hear from your own sweet lips what you wish in return.” He actually moves back, crossing his arms expectantly against his chest as he regards me, waiting for my reply. How can he not know? Apparently he doesn’t know everything. News flash. Or else he’s simply toying with me, which wouldn’t surprise me at all.“All right, I’ll spell it out for you. Jesus lives and I die."
Judas has never been very popular, not in any incarnation that he and Jesus and the others have lived through. But he doesn't care about that. All he cares about is following the instructions of God as set forth in the script that they follow. And Jesus. For Judas has secretly loved the son of God for over two thousand years.
But now he decides that enough is enough, and he's tired of watching Jesus die far too early, and for what? This time Judas is determined to see that Jesus lives a long and happy life, no matter what price he has to pay to accomplish it...no matter if he has to make a deal with the devil himself.