Jackie Hill Looks at Herself with Eyes Like Judas

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For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24

Have you ever been asked what historical figure you’d want to have dinner with, whose life and vision you’d really like to understand? Jackie Hill was, and though Martin Luther King, John Calvin and Augustine all sprang to mind, she was drawn to someone we so often overlook and demonize. Judas Iscariot was like Jesus, a first-century Palestinian Jew, and here was a man he could really identify with, the same eyes, maybe, the same hair and culture, who was claiming to be God really, truly with us. How much harder is it to see God when God isn’t different? This beautiful spoken word poem looks at what it’s like to identify with the man who put Jesus on the cross.

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