Here’s the Lectio Divina post. Tuesday’s Reading: Matthew 26:17-30
They were very sad and began to say to Him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?” Then Judas the one who would betray Him said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes it is you.” (Matthew 26:22, 25)
Judas had already agreed to ‘hand Jesus over’ (Matthew 26:14-16). The betrayal was done, except for carrying it out. Sin is often that way. We decide to do a certain thing and all that remains is carrying it out. This is why our thinking is so vitally important. Actions flow from our thoughts. Guard you thoughts! Bring them under the Lordship of Jesus. Your actions will follow…
Judas is in line with all of the other disciples and asks the same question, ‘Surely not I?’ Maybe it’s obligatory for him. Everybody else was doing it. Or maybe (and it seems likely) that Judas was oblivious that his actions were a betrayal. Jesus affirms, ‘Yes, it is you.’ Remove all doubt, Judas, it’s you. Even with these stark words that bring such clarity, Judas still carries out the betrayal.
The other disciples referred to Jesus as ‘Lord.’ It’s interesting that Judas substitutes ‘Lord’ for ‘Rabbi.’ Lord meant one with authority over you. Rabbi was your teacher. Your teacher would have great influence in your life, but not the authority that a Lord would have. YOU would give your Rabbi authority in your life. Your Lord needs no permission from you. This is how Judas was operating. He was making decisions. He was calling the shots. Jesus was not his Lord.
How often do I reduce Jesus to ‘Rabbi-status.’ I’m moving, shaking, leading, making decisions… and without the Lordship of Jesus directing those movements, sin is inevitable. The Spirit convicts and I say, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’
Yes, it is you.
Thank you, Lord, that failure is not fatal… unless I quit. Thank you for your grace that provides new mercies every morning. Lead me so I might lead others, all for Your glory.