Choose Love

“…He loved them to the end.”

– John 13:1

It was Solomon who pointed out to us the youth who was “devoid of understanding.” As he looked through the window of his home, he observed this man lingering on the dead end street of sin. The young man did not make wisdom his “sister” or understanding his “nearest kin” (Proverbs 7:1-9). It is from this position we observe Judas. Peering through the window of Scripture, we see him tempted. Although the door was not shut to Judas yet, we watch him lingering on the path of no return. Lurking down the dead-end road of the denial of Christ.

Jesus had a fervent desire to sit with the twelve alone for the Passover meal (Luke 22:15). He would be crucified the next afternoon. Judas was in attendance. At this time, Satan had not entered him; he was only tempted (John 13:2; John 13:27). Sin is progressive and begins with a thought that entices. For Judas, the desire was conceived and birthing sin. It would eventually grow and result in his death (James 1:14-15). Judas had never truly believed and received Jesus (John 6:64). His sins were never forgiven (John 13:10-11). Since his desire for greed and position were not being fulfilled as he hoped, he turned away. He was unwilling to deny himself and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Denial of Christ is the eventual end of the path with no outlet.

Could it be that at this last meal, Jesus was giving Judas one last chance? After all, the offer of the dipped morsel was a symbolic custom. It was a gesture of honor and friendship. R. Kent Hughes writes, “Jesus was saying, as he extended the dipped bread, ‘Judas, here is my friendship. It’s not too late.'” He received the bread from the Lord but then immediately walks out, and it was night! It was also night in his heart. The door was shut, and Judas “locked it with his own hand.” Have you done the same? Is Jesus still offering you that morsel of salvation? Jesus loved Judas all the way to the end. Judas made his choice. What choice have you made?

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

– Romans 6:23

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