Today's Reading: Matthew 26:20-22
"When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, He said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me."
They were very sad and began to say to Him one after the other, "Surely You don't mean me, Lord?""
For Thursday and Friday, rather than reflecting on what we could give the Lord, our focus here shifts to what God gives to us.
In today's reading, we see Jesus telling the Disciples that He knew who would betray Him. He knew before He called the Twelve which one would betray Him, yet none of the Disciples knew. Each was stirred in their own heart to ask Jesus if they would be the betrayer.
And so we know that Jesus loved Judas Iscariot no differently than Simon Peter. Watching Jesus, Matthew saw no difference in how Andrew, James, John, or Judas were treated. It wasn’t obvious. John’s account in John 13:18-30 makes it clear that even when Judas left the supper, there were Disciples who didn’t suspect that Judas was about to betray Jesus.
Praise the Lord that God does not treat us according to what our actions deserve, but according to His own great love for us!