When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
Matthew 26: 20-22
For tension and drama, this scene in The Upper Room is right up there with ‘Line of Duty!
Jesus and his disciples are having what is to be their ‘Last Supper’ together. Emotions are already running high. When Jesus was washing his disciples’ feet, there was quite a confrontation when it came to Peter’s turn. Peter would have none of it!
Suddenly, Jesus lands a ‘bombshell’ in their midst. “One of you will betray me.” Whatever was happening at the time, this was a real ‘game changer’. It seems that Judas has been able to hide his plan to betray Jesus from his fellow disciples, but, of course, not from Jesus. Jesus is offering Judas the opportunity to undo his evil plan – giving him a second chance.
Immediately, the disciples are filled with anxiety and dread. Who could be contemplating such a deed? They are so busy seeking reassurance from Jesus that they are not the one, that they fail to work out what is going on. If not, why did they let Judas leave to carry out his wicked plan?
We have all betrayed Jesus – by failing to speak up and say we follow Jesus or stand against wrongdoing and injustice. We have all been guilty of walking past ‘on the other side’ and failing to stop to help or listen
Often, we make these wrong decisions on the spur of the moment, but there is sometimes the chance to put things right – by speaking up later in the conversation or by retracing our steps and helping out.
Prayer: Jesus we are sorry about the number of times we have betrayed you and failed to live up to your standard. Thank you for giving us second chances and give us the courage to do the right thing.
Action: Try to be ready when the opportunity comes to show ‘whose we are and whom we serve’