For the last week or so I have been doing something new.
If you follow me on social media, which you should be, you know that Kenzie and I have been taking communion together every day. If you want to know more or want to join us just choose one of the buttons below.
Part of our communion process has been to read the story of the last supper. This event is shown to us in five different places. Some have added details and one of them, cough cough John, doesn’t really give us enough information. Still, we read it and one particular detail found in three of the five portrayals keeps striking me. Read this next part over for yourself and see if you feel the same.
How did you feel? Did it strike you as it did me? Let me explain myself a bit more. Jesus has just told disciples to get a meal prepared by going into town and finding a “certain” man and tell him we are going to eat at your house. This story is already so strange. This is like us finding a random person at the grocery store and saying clean your house me and twelve friends will be eating our Thanksgiving dinner there.
Then dinner is about to start and everyone is starting to eat and Jesus throws this bomb at the table. He basically says, “you know how I said I have to die, well the reason for that is because one of you guys will betray me.” That’s some heavy information. You can’t just say things like that and move on!
So, now these twelve close friends of Jesus are going crazy. They start asking Jesus if it is them. One after the other. Is it me, is it me, is it me. I can’t imagine hearing Jesus say that and not being in a panic. Jesus even says in these verses that it would be better if the one who will betray him wasn’t even born!
But then we get to Judas, who we are told, would betray Jesus. Judas says, “teacher is it me? Am I the one going to betray you?” And Jesus answers with an I didn’t say it you did.
This interaction strikes me for many reasons. In our world, we focus on the end goal. A popular song today is about our life and waiting to hear God tell us well done, but this skips the entire first step. How are people who are 2,000 years removed from Jesus going to do well by him when a man who spent three years sitting along-side Jesus didn’t?
Reading the story has really made me think to ask the question, is it me. Am I the one who betrays Jesus? Every time I ignore the path of God, every time I act from selfishness, every time I react from anger, every time I sin it is like sitting in front of Jesus and saying is it me? The answer he gives is the same he gave to Judas, you said it.
The story doesn’t end with this supper, instead, it moves forward to the cross. The cross where Jesus hung, bruised, bloody, suffocating, for the sin of every person. His sacrifice was for each and every one of us, even though each and every one of us continues to betray him.
Jesus gave his life for us so that we could be free. We read in Romans 5:8 that he showed his great love for us that while we were still sinners he died for us. Moving forward we must realize the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice and know that the answer to am I the one is a yes, but the answer to am I forgiven can also be a yes.
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