Matthew 26:20-25: 20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” 23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
And Jesus still loved him. He loved the man who stole from the disciples. He loved the man who betrayed him to his enemies. He loved him, even though Judas had betrayed Jesus in his heart and turned away from him in unbelief.
He loved him here at this intimate gathering of his disciples on the night that Judas would betray him. He called him out, but not so that the other disciples would notice. He called him out so that he would, even now, turn from his sinful ways and repent.
This is how Jesus loves. He loves the unlovable. He loves his enemies. He loves the stubborn hearted. And in love, he is always calling us to repentance so that we might sit with him at the table he has prepared for us in heaven.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I walk that road that leads away from you, then call me back from my sin. Turn my heart away from my sin so that I might enjoy the feast of salvation that you have prepared for all who believe in you. I ask this in your name. Amen.