This is by My friend Jennifer Saputo, used by Permission,
Here we are at Holy Thursday. The Last Supper. In doing my devotions this morning, I was reading thru Matthew’s account of the Last Supper. What happens?? I get stuck on verse 21……….”And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” One of us?? ONE OF US????? While I know Jesus was speaking these words directly to the 12 disciples, wasn’t He speaking to all of us??
I know there have been times in my life when I have betrayed Jesus. We ALL have betrayed Jesus. There were a couple of people at the Last Supper that betrayed Jesus. Yes, Judas………..but what about Peter? He denied Jesus……..not once, but THREE times………in ONE night! One of Jesus’ closest friends………denying Him.
There are many times a day that I betray Jesus. A negative thought about something or someone. A negative feeling. An action. All of it………….and while I attempt to get it right every single day, and fail, each new day is another chance to get it right (an amazing Pastor once said). And every morning, during my devotions, I tell the Lord that I’m going to do better that day………..and yet no matter how well I do……..I still fall short.
I’ve been betrayed at some time in my life. By people who I’ve called my closest friends. Family even. Have you?? My reaction to these people was………and is still not………Christlike. I actually don’t want to have anything to do with them. Aren’t we lucky that Jesus didn’t feel the same way?? He didn’t try to run when He was arrested. As a matter of fact, to Judas He said “Do what you came here for, friend.” FRIEND???? I know that was not how I felt when betrayed……….
Yet Jesus died for Judas. Jesus died for Peter………..and you and me and everyone else. Jesus died for the very people who have betrayed Him. For the people who have betrayed us. And for those we’ve betrayed.
As we go thru today, let’s remember. His body BROKEN. His blood spilled out. For all of us……….because He loves us…………betrayals and all.
Thank you, Jesus!!