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At the Last Supper Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” He was speaking of Judas. Still, which of us has not betrayed our Lord in word or deed, by sins of commission or omission?
As we move through these final days of Lent, it is good to remember that we too have sinned. That is why Lent opened with the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Like Peter, sometimes we walk away from standing up for Christ because of the fear of being judged as being one of his own. We want to stay true to Jesus, but it only took one night for Peter to deny him three times. It does not always take that long for me.
By using the occasion of the betrayal of Judas, the Lord revealed that God was glorified in himself and in the shadow of the cross. The sins of the world, so obvious in Judas and all of us, would be overcome by the death and resurrection of Jesus. God would not let the sin of the world interfere with his plan of salvation.
If only Judas would have asked for forgiveness. He would have received it. So can we! May we never believe that our sinfulness is more powerful than God’s power to forgive us. May Jesus be glorified in the mercy he has shown to us by dying for us – and coming back to us after he rose from the dead.