Jesus knew that Judas would betray him. Why do you think Jesus still invited him to the Last Supper? Today’s Image: Coins
Search your wallet, piggy banks, or under your couch cushions for quarters. Find as many as you can, but try to have at least one coin per person in your home. If you don’t have enough quarters or can’t find any, you can use any coin. Gather them in a jar or bowl.
READ: John 13:21-32
Jesus, reclining for the last supper with his disciples, informs them that he will be betrayed. Jesus knows who the betrayer is. He knows when the betrayal will happen. And so does Judas. Jesus is neither surprised nor caught off guard. Nor is Judas. They both know and they both know that the other knows. Yet the disciples are caught off guard, wondering who could possibly betray Jesus. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answers him by giving him a sign. As we read this passage, the sign may seem obvious. We see the narrative from all vantage points. We know the end of the story. Yet, this exchange may have only been clear to those who sat on either side of Jesus – John and Judas. Jesus knew Judas would betray him and still he placed him in a seat of honour at his side. It remained unthinkable to the disciples that anyone would betray Jesus because Jesus never treated Judas any differently. He responded to all of them the same – He loved them.
On that night, it was Judas who betrayed Jesus. At the cross, it will be Peter who denies him. A different time, different place, different circumstances it will be someone else. Judas is the mirror of our betrayals. We hand ourselves over to the night, betraying our life to death, our love to self-interest, and our hope to despair. We turn away from the light, the source of our life, and once again Jesus is troubled in spirit.
But we know the hope that is to come through Easter. We know that though we sin and fall short of the glory of God, Jesus still invites us to his table, seeing us for who we are – children of God – and not the choices we make.
Take and hold a coin in your hand and while you do so, consider how your life might mirror the betrayal of Judas as he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Now, place the coin into a jar or bowl and consider how Jesus sees you. Put these coins in a prominent place in your house today to remind you of the love that Jesus Christ has for you.
PRAYER. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Though we are sinners, you invite us to your table. Today, help us to see and love others as you see and love us. Amen.