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Luke 22

“But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. Luke 22:21-23

Have you ever been hurt? I mean really hurt, betrayed to the point of causing destruction in your life? Maybe it was a close friend, family member or possibly a brother or sister you have served with. Let me tell you – Jesus knows how you feel. In this chapter (vs. 3-6) we learn how Judas, under in the influence of our enemy, Satan, plans the betrayal and ultimate physical destruction of Jesus.

The spiritual truth that stood out while reading this is in verse 23 as listed above…And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

Now go with me here…for 3 years, Jesus had spent every single day together with His disciples. They traveled together, ate together, conducted spiritual warfare together, even bunked together! But when Jesus said in verse 21…

“But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.” NONE of them, except Judas of course, knew who He was talking about. This tells me that Jesus NEVER treated Judas any different than any of His other disciples. Jesus was God Almighty in flesh on this earth and had all knowledge and all power of the omnipotent and omniscient triune God in Him. Think about this:

Jesus knew Judas would betray Him before Judas was even born.

Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him when He chose him to be a disciple.

Jesus knew Judas was going to betray Him.

Every. Single. Day.

Even to this very night at the Last Supper, but…no one else did. Jesus showed Judas Iscariot the same love, grace, and honesty that He gave to each one of His other disciples. Can we do the same? Can we love everyone around us, even the “Judas” in our lives? Jesus is our example. He tells us to, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:44). With the help of the Holy Spirit we can. And by His strength we will be a living testimony of Christ’s grace and love to everyone around us.

LZ