(This was originally posted to renown on November 16, 2009 under the title "Friend, do what you came to do.")
wow. I read those words this morning and the floored me. I haven't
gotten them out of my mind all day. (I've probably read them many times
before, but for some reason today they grabbed me...)
I've been reading through the gospels over and over and over for a
while. I was about to finish Matthew again this morning when I got
knocked over by that phrase Jesus said.
It was when Judas came with his posse to betray Jesus. He says "W'sup
Rabbi" & then kisses Him to greet Him and also point Him out. Then
Jesus said it...
"FRIEND... do what you came to do."
Are you kidding me? FRIEND? Obviously Jesus knew what He was
doing there. 1) because... well, He's Jesus & 2) because He straight
up says "do what you came to do." so He know Judas is selling Him out.
And He still calls him friend. I couldn't help but think HOW DIFFERENT
Jesus' response is compared to His followers' response when people
wrong them. how different Jesus' response is from my response when peeps
betray me, wrong me, sell me out, etc... I'm usually not calling them
I think it's obvious that we don't follow Jesus in this kind of love
because I grabbed a commentary on Matthew that happened to be nearby.
It's a famous NT commentary from a famous commentator that most peeps
would know if I said his name... He wrote for pages on this passage but NEVER ONCE
said anything about how awesomely loving and kind and gracious it was
for Jesus to call Judas "friend". He only talked about how those were
the last words Judas heard Jesus say and how those words will ring in his ears while he's burning for an eternity in hell. hmmm... shows where we are as Christians I guess if that's our reaction.
but I just say -*What radical grace and love!
I've been overwhelmed by it all day. What if I lived this way? What if
ALL of us followers of Jesus lived this way? the way Jesus lived... what
a novel idea.
Not to mention just across the page Jesus washed Judas' feet the night
before he betrayed Him. Wrote a research paper on that one time and was
also overwhelmed by Jesus' unconditional love for someone we would want