This week in our Rooted, we’ll take a little detour. It’s Wednesday of Holy Week, and each day this week, we’ll be reading about what happened that day, leading up to the cross. We’ll journey together, and in this week, as we understand better what happened, we’ll understand better the pain of the cross, but also the mystery and the power of Easter.
Today is what is sometimes called Spy Wednesday. This is the day we remember when Judas began to look for the opportunity to betray Jesus. We can read about this in Mark 14: 10-11:
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
There are a lot of theories as to why Judas did this. Some say political, he was looking for a political earthly king and when Jesus showed that He would not do that, Judas looked for a chance to force Jesus’ hand. Let’s see what He will do when this happens, kind of thing.
John tells us that Satan enters Him, and we see the spiritual realities of what is happening here.
There are questions that I don’t know the answer to, this is God’s domain, not mine. But here’s what I do know. Jesus loved Judas. Jesus called Judas. Jesus washed Judas’ feet. Jesus loved Judas as much as He loved Peter, or John, or James, or any of the others.
He loved Judas. Even though He knew Judas would betray Him. He loved Judas, even though He knew what was to happen.
He loved Judas. Judas, the betrayer, was welcome at His table.
He loved Judas. Not because Judas was perfect. But because Jesus was perfect.
Today, know this. If He loved Judas, He loves you too. No matter what. His love and grace are enough for you in this day. You are loved by a perfect Savior today.
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