This section is about Jesus speaking of those who are baptized & Judas’ betrayal. This is the second to last in my Gospel of Judas series. This section will be kinda long.
Judas says to Jesus, “Look, what will those who have been baptized in your name do?” Jesus answers, “Truly I say to you, Judas, those who offer sacrifices to Saklas is everything evil. But you (Judas) will exceed them all. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me. (Literally, “that bears me.” It’s from Coptic, from Greek, etrphorei emmoei) Already your horn has been raised, your wrath has been kindled, your star has shown brightly. Truly your last, since he will be destroyed. And then the image of the great generation of Adam will be exalted (my thing is since, according to Christianity, we all descend from Adam, shouldn’t we ALL be exalted?!), for prior to heaven, earth, & the angels, that generation, which is from the eternal realms, exist. Look, you’ve been told everything.”
These are Christians baptized in the name of Christ. Whether this is meant as a criticism of the ordinary Christian baptism, that John the Baptist introduced, is unclear. Judas is instructed, by Jesus, to help him sacrifice the fleshly body, “the man,” that clothes (or bears) the true spiritual self/person of Jesus. The death of Jesus, with the assistance of Judas, is to be the liberation of the spirit self within. There are also in some of the “forbidden” books about this, that Jesus really didn’t really die. That Jesus made Simon (the guy who carried the cross for Jesus) appear to be Jesus & it was really Simon who died on the cross. All the while, the spirit-man of Jesus stood there laughing at them because they pretty much got the wrong guy. Also the generation of Seth is a preexistent generation that comes from God.
“Lift up your eyes & look at the cloud & the light within it & the stars surrounding it. The star leads the way is your star. (This makes me think of the star that the 3 wise men followed to get to Jesus as an infant/small child.) Judas lifted up his eyes & saw the luminous cloud, & he entered it. Those standing on the ground heard a voice coming from the cloud.
Judas is literally the “star” of this part of the text. This passage may be described as the transfiguration of Judas. He’s vindicated by being glorified in the luminous cloud. A voice speaks from the cloud. As in the accounts of Jesus’ transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-26; & just after the Gospel of Judas in the Codex Tchacos), here Judas enters a luminous cloud, on high, & a divine voice from the cloud are lost in lacuna (the missing parts of the manuscript) in the manuscript, but it may have praised Judas & the great generation or offered conclusions about the meaning of the events described. On the divine in the New Testament gospels, compare the accounts of the transfiguration of Jesus as well as the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).