Be Still: Dear Father, thank you that You are both all-knowing and all-loving. Thank you that Jesus chose to allow Judas to betray Him to redeem us. In Jesus’ name, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen
Be Strengthened: John 13:22-30
22His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, "Ask him which one he means."
25Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, "Lord, who is it?"
26Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. 27As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
"What you are about to do, do quickly," Jesus told him, 28but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. 30As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Be Stretched: Has someone you loved ever betrayed you? Imagine knowing ahead of time that it was going to happen. How would you have responded? Judas had been a part of Jesus’ closest circle for three years, and yet he had plotted to betray Him. Jesus knew it was going to happen, yet He allowed Judas to leave. Spend some time pondering the depth of Jesus’ love for you. Then pray for the strength to begin the process of forgiving anyone who has betrayed you.