When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Matthew 26:20-25 ESV
Further Scripture Reading: Mark 14:17-21; John 13:18-30
When Jesus foretells of one of the disciples betraying Him, their reactions were one of sorrow and heavy-heartedness. Each one began to ask if they were the one capable of betraying their Teacher, their Friend, their Savior – even Judas.
How strange he would ask the question considering he had already accepted a deal for 30 pieces of silver in exchange for his Friend.
Was Judas unaware he was capable of being disloyal? Was he tormented and tossed within about his agreed plan? Was he changing his mind – maybe he didn’t want to turn away from Jesus after all?
Whatever was going on in Judas’ mind and heart, he still asked the question, “Is it I?”
As we stand in the shadow of the cross, let us take inventory of our own actions.
* Are we willing to turn away from Jesus for the comfort of material items?
* Do we put off spending time with Him for one more minute of social media?
* Do we accept excuses for why we don’t have time to read our Bible and pray – we are too tired, too busy, too distracted?
* Do we, like Judas, turn away from Jesus and accept whatever the world is offering in the moment?
Lord, help me not to turn away from You. Help me to see clearly the distractions that so easily keep me from You and Your Word. Jesus, thank You for loving me enough, even when I stumble, to continue towards the cross and guaranteed suffering. Lord, I try to follow after You each day; give me patience and perseverance to continue seeking Your presence. Amen