“Rabbi, is it I?”

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“Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, ‘Rabbi, is it I?'” Matthew 26:25, NKJV

Love betrayed.  The betrayed and the betrayer locked in questioning gaze.  A tension of certainty and doubt filling the air of what was to be a beautiful last dinner spent with His disciples.

On the one hand is Christ.  He has done nothing but show love, concern and compassion toward all who met Him.  From the miracles to the teachings, He has treasured each life that came across His path enough to compel Him to know that the cross was the only way to save them all.  Love was His motto.

Then, there is Judas Iscariot.  The betrayer.  The sell-out.  The one who was close to Christ but now has become an enemy of Christ.  Selfishness is what compelled him to give it all up for thirty pieces of silver.  Gain and greed were his motto.  Love didn’t matter anymore.

The two together at dinner with the question in the air:

“Rabbi, is it I?”

Have you ever felt the sting of betrayal by someone to whom you have poured out love?  It doesn’t feel good.  Our Lord amazes me!  He knew all things and yet subjected Himself to all things.  He carried it all to the cross with the burgeoning of love in His very being.  He suffered affliction, ridicule and torment.  Yet, those He loved and walked with these three and half years of His earthly ministry are nowhere to be found.  One sold Him out and the others fled or denied Him altogether.

“Rabbi, is it I?”

Love causes us to do some crazy things.  Love makes us suffer long with people who have worked our last nerve.  Love keeps us from giving up and giving in.  Love centers us back to the real mission at hand: which is to love some more.

Love caused Christ to look into the face of His betrayer and say, “You have said it.”  Love put the plan in motion that will pay the price for it all.  Love gave the okay for the process to start, redeeming man from themselves.

Have you ever wished you could save someone you love from the mistakes they are making?  Has the love you shown over the years not reaped the rewards you were hoping for?  Has the one you loved turned their back on you?

Feelings that come from these questions don’t feel good.  No more for us than they did for Christ.  But, when we view His life and all that He dealt with in light of our own questions, it breathes a new life of appreciation in all that He has done for us.

“Rabbi, is it I?”

We have not always been our best.  We have not always crossed every T or dotted every i, yet, He continues to love.  We have not always followed every command or taken every stand that we ought to, yet, He continues to love.

The next time when the love we shed for another seems to be all for nought, remember Christ.  Remember how His love was betrayed.  Remember how His love was afflicted.  Remember how His love compelled Him to continue on.

Remember all He did for each and every one of us despite us not being at our best:

“I was sinking deep in sin,   Far from the peaceful  shore, Very deeply stained within,   Sinking to rise no  more; But the Master of the sea   Heard my despairing  cry, From the waters lifted me,   Now safe am I.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could  help,   Love lifted me.”  (Source:Hymnal.net)

Let the knowledge of His love cover us today.  Yup, it hurts sometimes but let the knowing of what He did for us compel us to act as He did – with Love!

Reality check for us all.

Thank you, Lord, for your love lifting me despite all my mess!

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