Betrayed, With Love - by Robert Baril

Judas was never very good at telling jokes. Peter was pretty good. Paul wasn't bad. John could put you on the floor with his Methuselah impression. It seemed that almost all of the other disciples had a good sense of humor except Judas.
In an effort to prove to the world that he did possess a good sense of humor, when he sat down to write his gospel one evening, he decided to open with a joke. "The Gospel of Judas, Chapter One: Verse One. Two Pharisees walk into a manger." Before he could get to the punch-line, he felt a hand on the back of his shoulder. As he looked back, he saw the face of his lord and savior.
"Hello, my Lord."
"What are you writing?"
Judas turned back and looked down at the parchment. "I am starting to write my gospel. I will tell the world of your great kindness and love."
Jesus smiled. "I am blessed to have you as my disciple, Judas. You are truly a wonderful man. If you want, you can quote me."
Judas chuckled at the Messiah's quip. As funny as some of the other disciples could be, Jesus was always funnier. Judas didn't know why the other guys had chosen to leave out all of the funny stuff Jesus had said and done when they wrote their gospels. Obviously his parables, teachings, and philosophy are all very powerful and capable of spreading the gift of eternal life; however, it would be nice to show off a little bit of the Prince of Peace's inner joker. It was at that moment that Judas decided to write about how funny Jesus was.
"Good one, Jesus," Judas said as he picked up his writing tool. "Not only are you a righteous man, but you are also very funny."
Jesus nodded. "Most Jews are."
Judas started writing again. "I am so grateful that you have allowed me to follow you, my Lord. I love you with all my soul, and, no matter what happens after I die, the thing I would like to be remembered for most is my dedication to you, your Highness."
Jesus took a deep breath and looked up at the ceiling. "We need to talk."
Judas stopped writing and turned back to God's only son. "What is it, my Lord? I would do anything for you."
"That's why I'm counting on you, Judas."
"What?"
Jesus grabbed a stool and sat beside his curious follower. "I know you love me very much, and I love you right back. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to test the love you have for me."