Do You Show Love To Only Good People?
Written by Rise & Shine on April 20, 2021
Do we get to pick and choose who to share God’s love with? Jesus tells the 12 disciples in Mark 14 that one of them will betray him. Then He makes a reference to it being the one who is dipping his bread in the same bowl as Him. Does he exclude Judas from the receiving the bread and wine? NO! Jesus knows what Judas is about to do. He KNOWS what Judas has already planned to do and then serves him anyway.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.
Jesus shared this sacred table with liars and cheats and cowards who made some pretty good moonlight promises. Promises about their loyalty to Jesus made in the cover of darkness. Only Christ’s promises were kept when dawn broke on that third day. But then, He knew that would happen too.
Do you love Jesus enough to die with him? Then you have to love enough to offer forgiveness that isn’t asked for or even necessarily deserved. Jesus promised that the Son of Man would die as it was foretold. Offered as a ransom for many. And then served the very one who dipped the bread in Jesus’ own bowl. The betrayer… Tell me why Jesus wouldn’t expect us to love in the same way if we’re supposed to be growing to be more like Him?
His love shared in this moment was a foreshadowing of the love that would be proven on Calvary. There’s redemptive power in that kind of love being shared; even with people who don’t deserve it. It becomes a place where Jesus’ healing begins. It becomes a place where God’s love begins to transfigure broken, finite lives and hopeless situations into redeemed and triumphant eternities!