Tuesday, February 23, 2021
To understand the full impact of the love of Jesus, we need to do a little memory exercise. Take a moment and think about the worst betrayal you have ever experienced at the hands of someone you trusted… Have you got it? How are your emotions?
Now, think about how you responded to that betrayal.
Next, imagine responding to the betrayer with the same love you give to those who have not betrayed you.
That’s what Jesus did for Judas. When Satan put into his heart that he should betray the Son of God, Jesus served him. Jesus washed the feet of Judas. Jesus included him in the supper. Jesus loved the betrayer.
What makes that kind of love possible? Read John 13:3 for the answer.
…Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God…
Jesus was able to love His betrayer because He knew that all things were happening under the authority of God and according to His purpose. Jesus knew that He had been given the responsibility to carry out the Father’s plan, even if it meant death. Jesus was able to surrender to death because He knew His identity, His origins, and His future. Jesus was able to love His enemy because He knew that love was the only action that would be rewarded in eternity.
Go back to your memory of betrayal. How would you have responded if you were living in the love of Jesus? What if Christ’s love was your primary objective in life?