In 1 Corinthians 11:23, we see this phrase in scripture:
… the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed…
And in this passage, Paul explains the institution of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, and if you have been in church for as long as I have, you have heard this passage many times. You’re just waiting for the minister to go to 1 Corinthians 11 right?
Our perception of the last supper is usually that of Jesus, in the center of a long rectangular table breaking bread for his disciples, and Judas someone in a dark shadow off to the side, skulking off to betray Jesus. The center point of the story of the Last Supper is the bread and the wine.
But as you read through the various accounts through the Gospels, you will realize that there was quite a lot going on, outside of just the bread and the wine. And there were a couple of things that really jumped out at me.
The proverbial villain of the Gospels, no one ever paints Judas in a good light.
What struck me was that while they were jockeying for position, each wanting to be next Biblical Muhammad Ali, Jesus was showing the position the greatest should seek. While they arguing theory, Jesus was showing it in practice. While they were debating theology, Jesus was living it. And in case they missed the point, Jesus explained it for them:
If we are to show love as Jesus showed love, then that means we must be willing to love and serve the unlovable, the unwanted, and the undesirable. Jesus washed Peter’s feet. He washed Judas’ feet. One turned out to be the preacher of Acts 2. The other was a thief and a turncoat. Jesus knew all of this already, yet it made no difference to Him.
Here is the challenge I've set myself. It is time for us not to just know the theology of discipleship, but to put it into practice. We know how to love one another, but can we practice it? We can say it, but can we follow through with it? We can have church, but can we be the Church?
On the night Jesus was betrayed – he loved his betrayer. Can we do any less?
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