Keep it real…

John 13:18-30

“I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me. ‘Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.

Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

 It is possible to sit under Jesus’ teachings, see his miracles, sense his love and presence and still not believe.  And it troubled Jesus deeply.  The hand is outstretched, offering the gift; there are those who rather than take it, will slap the hand and send the gift crashing to the floor.  And the one offering the gift is doing so for the benefit of the other, not to benefit themselves. How sad this is.  Some are only along for the ride…

 But then we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd say, “I know whom I have chosen…”  And with belief in his words, believing him, we are one of the chosen.  “I know whom I have chosen…”  He knows us; we can know him and the one who sent him.  Let our relationship with him deepen and grow.  “Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”  Amen.

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