A NIGHT OF REGRETS – Jerusalem
The city of David was a fortified walled city built on a long ridge shaped like a finger protruding from the Temple Mount. The ridge overlooked the bottom end of the Kidron Valley in the East, the lower city in the West and the tip overlooked the main Southern gate of Jerusalem and the Pool of Siloam. The city of David was originally built by King David and held the royal residences. Now, the palaces, located at the fingertip of the ridge were mostly used by visiting dignitaries and it many halls used by the ruling class. The rest of the ridge were houses of the rich.
They found the halls empty. Cornelius was frustrated. They back tracked to the plaza under the Temple Mount. The city was quiet with very few people wandering the streets. Then Cornelius spotted a figure crouching against the tall perimeter wall. When he came closer to him, by the light of the torches they carried, Cornelius recognized Judas Iscariot.
Judas saw them closing in and all he perceived was they were Romans, so he tried to run. But Cornelius cornered him. Judas was panicked and his face was riddled with guilt. Cornelius knew he was the one that led the High Priest’s henchmen to arrest Jesus.
“Judas… Judas! It’s me, Cornelius. Tell me what happened.”
Judas seem to calm down a little. Seeing that it was someone he knew, he told his story. He was disappointed with Jesus for sometime now. He was really hoping Jesus would use his heavenly powers to claim his rightful kingship. But Jesus would not. For weeks he was disillusioned. So, he met with the High Priest’s people to see what deal he could make. Then during the Passover meal, Jesus said that one of them will betray him, he panicked and went again to the High Priest and told them that he can lead them to where Jesus will be alone.
So, he led the High Priest’s servants and Temple guards to the Garden of Gethsemane. He betrayed him with a kiss. He told them that whoever he kissed is the one they wanted. Then Judas cried out.
“I looked at his face when I betrayed him! I looked into his eyes. There was no condemnation in his eyes. I cannot stand it. What have I done?”
Cornelius had no more time to console him. “Judas!” He had to shake him a little. “Judas, where did they take him?”
Judas pointed to the upper city and sobbed, “The house of Annas, the father of Caiaphas, the High Priest.”
“Listen, Judas. The Lord will forgive you if you let him. I’m going after him. Look for the others and wait. I have to go.”
The story continues on in my next post.
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