The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus… “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me’… Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.
Up to this point in Jesus’ ministry, he avoided being caught by the Pharisees and Sadducees because his time had not yet come and nothing they did resulted in his capture, either physically or verbally. However, when Jesus realized it was time for him to be glorified, he seems to make elaborate preparations for his own murder and that is so mysterious. He washes the feet of Judas, an act that is considered so lowly for anyone, feeds him from his own plate and then sends him off to betray him. We can never understand the mind of God because the last thing on our minds if we knew we were going to be murdered would be to accommodate our murderer. Worse still, if we knew who was going to murder us, we would certainly not be cordial to the person, forget showing love like Jesus did. Does this give you an insight into how God’s love is pure and perfect and he loves like no man can?
God is love and this love is not anything we can describe. God’s love is so amazing that the likes of Saul who tormented God’s own was called into his own service. This amazing love is available to all who seek to reform their lives but cant. Are you guilty of sins you committed, however big or small? Do you like Macbeth see blood on your hands of the sins you committed and are constantly battling it? Jesus is willing to forgive and to forget even the worst of sinners if they are willing to call on his name. My life has been a tragedy of sorts and only because God was gracious do I sleep a restful night anymore. Are you washed in the blood of the lamb of God? What’s holding you back? For those of us who are washed in his blood, are we loving the lost like he did or are we staying in our comfort zones? When was the last time we tried to love the lost like Jesus did?
In His Loving Service,
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