Daily D – John 13:30
After receiving the piece of bread, he immediately left. And it was night.
JOHN 13:30 (CSB)
There was one man in the room who steadfastly refused to live the kind of life Jesus showed them and told them to live. He would not kneel. He would not stoop to serve. He knew, and Jesus knew.
“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me,”
Eleven humbled men with clean feet and chastened hearts started looking at one another trying to figure out who Jesus was indicating. Peter motioned for John, who was as close to Jesus as he could get, to ask who was the Betrayer (verses 23-25).
“He’s the one I give the piece of bread to after I have dipped it,”
He dipped the bread.
He gave it to Judas.
Another lesson in servanthood. Another moment that made Judas’ blood boil.
“After Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him.
So Jesus told him, ‘What you’re doing, do quickly,’”
Jesus offered one last chance for Judas to step into the light.
Judas received the bread as the last straw. He would not follow a leader who served and expected selfless service from his followers. It was then and there, while looking Jesus in the eye, that he opened his heart to Satan.
“So Jesus told him, ‘What you’re doing, do quickly.’”
Eleven men thought Judas was running errands when he left.
“After receiving the piece of bread, he immediately left.
And it was night.”
The Light of the World stepped into the darkness.
Judas stepped into the night.
Darkness ruled for days.
That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.”
(John 1:4, 5)
And so we ever have the choice to step into the Light or step into the night.
I will step into the Light.
Our Father, you chose me. I choose you. I want live in the light as you are the Light. Remove all of the darkness from my life. Make me a reflector of your brilliance. Amen.
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1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”