Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9: Mark 14:22-25; Judas and the Last Supper

             I don’t know if you have ever noticed that Judas was present at the Last Supper. Just before Jesus broke the bread stating it was his body given to us (Luke 22:19) and the cup which is the new covenant in Jesus’ blood (Luke 22:20), Jesus said that one of them would betray him (Mark 14:18). I don’t think there is a person alive that would have been able to do what Jesus did in those few moments. He even told Judas that he was the one to betray him. How could anyone look at his betrayer in the face and then in the next moment offer him his body and his blood?
            That’s a remarkable demonstration of Jesus’ love, even for Judas. If he loved Judas so much to give him a way out of his fateful decision instead of doing whatever we would do, then it gives us a picture of how much he loves all sinners and wants us to repent and come to him for eternal life. Jesus let us know that what was going to happen to him had to be, but it he warned Judas it would be worse for him (Luke 22:22).
            We don’t want to make Judas’ two mistakes, the first to betray and reject Jesus. That was pardonable. But his second was to lose hope that he could be saved and took his life out of despair. It’s never too late as long as we are alive.

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