The role of Judas

TOPICS: Judas quickly came back into embodiment – Judas is now ascended – Judas is not working with earth – forgive Judas – Judas’ misguided attempt to help Jesus – Jesus was meant to be arrested – suicide is never productive – life is a stage performance, and we are actors – becoming attached to your role – set aside time to contact Christ self – life’s drama an ascending spiral –

Question: What happened to Judas?

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

As most people who commit suicide, Judas quickly came back into embodiment. However, Judas was a mature lifestream, which is why he was chosen to be one of my disciples and why he accepted the calling. So the lifestream of Judas has since ascended.

Judas is not a member of the ascended masters – whereby I mean ascended beings working with lifestreams on earth – but has moved on to other levels of the spiritual realm. The reason being that so much condemnation has been directed against Judas from Christians that it would be unproductive for him, as an ascended master, to attempt to work with lifestreams on earth. Therefore, he can use his abilities better by working with lifestreams in other systems of the worlds.

In reality, I would very much like to see Christians forgive Judas and completely let go of all negative feelings toward him. It would be very productive for Christians to forgive him for his actions and simply let it go. The correct way to look at Judas is to see him in connection with the man who was blind from birth. You will remember that after I healed the man, my disciples asked me whether it was his own sins or the sins of his parents that has caused his blindness. My answer was:

Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (John 9:3)

This shows you that the blind man was a mature lifestream who had chosen to take on a particular infirmity in order to play a role in my mission. Likewise, Judas was a mature lifestream who chose to take on a particular role in my mission.

Judas had connections to the Jewish leadership, and the best possible outcome was that he could have persuaded some of these leaders to accept me as a genuine prophet who could play a role in renewing the Jewish religion. This hope failed because the Jewish leaders were not willing to see the religion renewed. They were afraid that they would lose their power and control—a fear that was not unfounded.

When it became evident to Judas that he could not convince the authorities that I was a genuine prophet, the best thing would have been for him to let it go. Unfortunately, Judas became attached to helping me fulfill my mission. He came to believe that if he could force a confrontation between myself and the authorities, I would then use the spiritual powers he had seen me display on several occasions. Judas believed that if the authorities had seen these powers, they would have been converted and would have accepted me as a prophet. Unfortunately, Judas did not understand the deeper purpose of my mission, and neither did the rest of my disciples. For that matter, I did not consciously understand all of the ramifications of my mission until after my resurrection.

So Judas was actually hoping that what Christians today see as a betrayal would be the very act that would lead to my ultimate triumph. Yet what he saw as my ultimate triumph was that I would become king of the Jews, and that vision was based on the dualistic mind. Judas’ actions did lead to my ultimate triumph, namely the spiritual triumph in which my lifestream conquered the lower self and thereby demonstrated the path to Christhood. In the process, the Jewish authorities, who condemned me to death, also brought about their own judgment.

Christians also need to consider that it was a necessary for the fulfillment of my mission that I be turned over to the authorities and stood trial. If Judas had not done what he did, it would have happened some other way. If I had not wanted it to happen, I could easily have escaped Jerusalem, or I could have called twelve legions of angels to my rescue (Matthew 26:53). So this is one more reason to forgive Judas and see him as a person playing a role in a drama.

There are two important lessons that people can learn from the life of Judas. One is the importance of forgiveness. Judas’ suicide was an unfortunate event that did not accelerate his spiritual growth. He should truly have forgiven himself and spent the rest of his life focusing on the spiritual path that I had demonstrated. Had he done so, he would have been completely forgiven, and he would have balanced all misqualified energy, or karma, that he incurred for his actions. My point being that forgiveness is always possible and suicide in is never the best possible reaction to a difficult situation.

The other important lesson is that life on this planet can be viewed as a stage performance. Every human being is an actor, playing a particular role in the drama of life. When you go to a theater and watch a play, you know very well that when a person steps onto the stage dressed as Hamlet, you are not looking at the real Hamlet. You are looking at a human being who has a life that is completely independent of the character he is playing on the stage. The person has simply put on a costume and is playing a part. When the play is over, the actor takes off the costume and returns to his normal life.

This is compatible to what happens when a lifestream takes embodiment on earth. The lifestream is the real you. The body you are wearing and the life you are living can be compared to you playing a role in the stage performance called “Life on earth.” When your role in the drama of life is over, you will take off the costume and return to your home in the spiritual realm.

The importance of this idea is that you should never allow yourself to become attached to the role you are playing, or to become so absorbed in it that you lose your true identity as a spiritual being. If an actor became so absorbed in his role that he began to believe that he really was Hamlet and refused to take off the costume after the performance, you would obviously say that there is something wrong with that person and that he needs to have a reality check. Likewise, the people on earth who identify themselves with their physical bodies and the lives they are living, instead of maintaining the identity that they are spiritual beings, need to have a reality check and look beyond the costumes (bodies) they are currently wearing and the parts they have been given in the drama of life.

This also applies to Judas. When his role did not turn out as he expected, he became emotionally attached to a particular result, and he attempted to force life to conform to his expectations. When that did not happen, his attachment prevented him from going through the reality check and realizing that perhaps the drama was not meant to turn out as he expected. Therefore, he could not overcome his own sense of guilt, and he chose suicide over spiritual growth.

I wish all people would learn from this example and choose the reality check that allows them to see beyond the costumes they are wearing, meaning the physical bodies, and the roles they are playing in the drama of life. Everyone knows that an actor periodically steps off the stage, takes off the costume and returns to a normal state of life. It would be healthy for all people to, once in awhile, take some time away from their normal day-to-day activities and go deeply within themselves to contact their Christ self. This would give them a reality check that would allow them to see beyond the part they are currently playing on earth.

It would be extremely healthy for people to realize that there is more to their own existence and there is more to life, meaning the spiritual life, than what they are currently experiencing in this world. Only by reconnecting to your true identity can you avoid becoming attached to your current role on the stage of life. And only by avoiding that attachment can you avoid becoming lost in your current role and the sense of identity you have built based on that role.

You see, contrary to a stage play, which is a same every night, the drama of life on earth is meant to be an ascending spiral in which you grow out of one role and ascend to a higher role–until you pass the final exam and permanently ascend to the spiritual realm. I don’t want to see people come back lifetime after lifetime and play the same role without ever learning the lesson they need to learn. I want to see them transcend one part after another, until they transcend the drama itself.

That is why I chose to descend to this planet and play my particular role in the drama. Incidentally, my role was to raise the same question as the one presented by Hamlet: “To be, or not to be?” However, I might add that, contrary to Hamlet, I have the answer to the riddle of life.


Copyright © 2004 by Kim Michaels