Jesus had eaten with plenty of naysayers and people who meant him harm over the years, but his meal with Judas must have felt extra special. After all, Judas had been elevated to take on the position of one of his twelve closest friends and disciples. He carried a deep privilege and was about as much “on the inside” as one could be.
And on one particular night Jesus found himself eating—not with someone who was skeptical of how he ate with sinners, or with a rival party that wanted to end his ministry—but with a close friend that had found a way to sell him out for cash… and Jesus knew it.
And to add insult to injury, this particular meal was symbolic of the very death Judas was about push him into. And yet Jesus washed his feet and offered him communion.
How do you love your enemies?
*This devotional was created out of the themes of Matthew 26:17-25 found in today’s reading at CommonPrayer.net.