Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Have you ever been betrayed?
Have you ever been the betrayer?
The few verses for today provides us with a lot of information. We have an opportunity to RELIVE the story of Jesus being with His disciples and he foretells them of His betrayal. As I was reading my Bible commentary today, I grasped something that’s always been there in the scripture but I had never given pause to it. *Judas, God did not love him less for being his betrayer.
Jesus was celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples, as we practice communion today. The breaking of the bread and the passing of the wine is an integral part of the Christian Faith and traditions. At my church, we say, “All Are Welcomed at the Table.” The communion table is remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, it’s a reconciling of ourselves, with others and with God.
Jesus’ Ministry is filled with examples of spending time with sinners, the forgotten and marginalized people of his time. Should we not be surprised that Judas, the betrayer was welcomed at the Passover meal with Jesus.
Jesus knew that Judas would be the one to betray him and he still breaks bread with him. Jesus also washed the feet of the disciples including Judas, John 13:14, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
Reading these verses today, opened my eyes to a clearer vision of the Communion Table. Jesus, did not love Judas less because he was going to betray him, in fact I believe it broke Jesus’ heart. Jesus love for us is not dependent on what we can and cannot do. His love is not conditional. He loves us because we are his children, he created us, he gave us purpose and a plan. “All Means All, All Are Welcomed at the Lord’s Table.”
The Good News of Jesus Christ is this: Psalm 86:5
“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.”
Write a note or seek out a reconciling conversation. Without justifying your actions, own and apologize for your side of things.
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.