Despite the welcome and hospitality shown to Judas, he still followed through on his plan to betray Jesus. Jesus knew what the consequences of Judas’ actions would be. He knew that he would suffer in unimaginable ways because of this betrayal. Yet, he washed Judas’ feet and offered him nourishment. What a powerful lesson of grace, mercy, and love. Often, when someone has let us down, we have a hard time trusting them. We hold them at arms’ length, waiting for them to mess up once again. In contrast, Jesus had already forgiven Judas before he had committed the act.
What does this say about Jesus’ love for Judas? What does it mean for us? Can you think of a time when someone’s trust in you has helped you to resist a bad choice? When has someone shown you mercy and welcome even when you have hurt them? Who might God be inviting you to give another chance? How do we balance protecting ourselves from real harm and having an open, loving heart?
In prayer, ask for God’s help in forgiving someone who has hurt, betrayed, or disappointed you.