Julie Lynn Hayes, Museit Up Publishing

Jesus and Judas Rewrite History In “Revelations”

“As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

There is an eighteen year gap in the biblical recounting of Jesus’ life, a period between the ages of twelve and thirty that are missing, years that have caused laymen and authors, theologians and scholars to debate and posit any number of theories to create the image of Jesus that exists to this day. Not Jesus, the Messiah, but Jesus, the man. Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene actually married? Did they have a child together? There has been scant evidence found to support the theory, and though text has been discovered in which Jesus referred to “my wife”, no concrete facts have surfaced to prove that he was ever anything less than celibate.

It has also been suggested that Jesus might have been gay, based solely upon interpretation of his close relationship with and affection for the disciple John. Of course, there’s also the Gospel of Judas, which has raised questions about Jesus’ relationship with the man who is widely known to have betrayed Christ with a kiss. While Judas’ gospel is fairly well dismissed as unreliable, having been written long after the other gospels, the point is there have been a hundred of said gospels discovered, but only four of them made it into the Bible, making one curiouser and curiouser about what was omitted by those who assembled the books of the New Testament, and what they may have revealed about Jesus, the man, and why they were dismissed as inconsequential. Or perhaps they were controversial? We will never know for sure.

There are those who take every word in the Bible as the infallible and uncontested word of God. There are those who see the Bible as one long parable, a mythology that built a foundation of behavior and understanding in an otherwise unenlightened time, using morality tales and allegory to explain the inexplicable in a time when there was little insight into, or knowledge of, the world as it existed beyond one small region of the earth. If you believe the former, Julie Lynn Hayes’ Revelations will read as sacrilege. If you believe the latter, this book will read as a lovely romance between one of the most misunderstood men in history, and the man widely known as God’s only begotten son.

Damned not by his choice to betray Christ but by the role he was cast in this tragic play, Judas returns to earth, time and time again—along with his fellow disciples, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, Jesus’ mother—only to betray Jesus forever and ever, amen, because that is the script that God has produced, and this is the direction each of the players follow.

Set in the present, this book is an alternate history tale of “what if” and a story that presents Judas and Jesus as lovers, facing temptation and striking bargains that will mean salvation and sacrifice and will change the course of biblical history. As a reader who believes the Bible is more a teaching tool than a written instrument of an omnipotent and omnipresent God, and is a book that has caused more problems than it has solved over the course of history, reading Revelations was a bit like “preaching to the choir”, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t buy into the author’s message of a love that can and does overcome all.

The Jesus in Revelations is not portrayed as a miracle worker, he doesn’t heal the afflicted or raise men from the dead, nor did he rebuke his misbehaved disciples nearly enough for my taste. He is, however, portrayed as the very definition of love: patient and kind, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. This is the overarching message of a romance that seems doomed to fail, so if that’s a message you’d like to hear, I say give Revelations a try.

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11 thoughts on “Jesus and Judas Rewrite History In “Revelations”

  1. kirifox01 says:

    This is already on my list to read. I love romance and adventure books that are based on historical periods and/or characters. I have long believed that Judas was the only one close enough to Jesus to do what he was asked to do by Jesus, betray him so history could play out as it should. The others, with the exception of the women, all ran and hid, fearing for their own lives. They could not have and would not have been able to love Jesus enough, like Judas, to break his own heart and put Jesus first.


    • I couldn’t agree more, kirifox, and that’s exactly the way the author presents the Judas/Jesus story. They’re really little more than role players carrying out the scripted parts in a tragic drama orchestrated by God.

      They’ve really become the quintessential archetypes of misperception and sacrifice, the most recent representation in my mind (because I’m such a Harry Potter geek! :) ) is Snape and Dumbledore. Same concept, different characters.


  2. Absolutely, I’ll be there! I’ve seen some of your contest comments and knew you were attending. I’ll be so very happy to meet you and spend some time with you in person.


    • kirifox01 says:

      Awesome. My full name is JoAnn Fox. I am getting to Atlanta late on the 15th so I can attend the workshop before the conference starts. Let’s look each other up!


      • Nice to meet you, JoAnn! My name is Lisa Horan, so we can go around now looking at everyone’s mid-sections for each other’s names. LOL. That is if we get lanyards again this year, which I assume we will.

        I’m so jealous. I won’t be getting to Atlanta until the morning of the 17th and am regretting not booking myself in for Wednesday afternoon/evening. The good thing, though, is that it doesn’t look like I’ll be missing out on any of the author panels or readings. The first Q&A/Author Readings/Storyteller Spotlights don’t start until 1:00 on Thursday. I’ll definitely be attending that Q&A panel. :)

        And I’ll be moderating the 3:20 Q&A panel with TJ Klune, Eric Arvin, and Jambrea Jo Jones, so if you want to come and watch me lose complete control of a room, you’re more than welcome to watch me flail. :-D


        • kirifox01 says:

          LOL! I would love to see someone else lose control of a room! I felt like I lost control over the audience last night when a writer’s group I lead did their first Erotic Nights presentation. We had a total of 12 readers reading their original works, and it felt like chaos to me. Everyone else seemed to think it went really good though, so I am trying to take their word for it!
          If I don’t see you before then, I will come to the panel so we can connect.


  3. LOL! Good, come armed with some good questions, too. :)

    And you know, I’m sure you did wonderfully. We’re always harder on ourselves than anyone else is. :)


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