Text; “Is it I, Lord?” (Matthew 26:22)
At Jesus last earthly meal with His disciples he told them that one of the twelve would betray Him that very night. Matthew’s gospel says that they were “deeply troubled” and began to ask, “Is it I, Lord” I’m constantly amazed that none of the disciples knew if they were the betrayer! That means that each of them had it in them to betray Jesus. At one time or another, each of them consider doing just that!
I’ve often wondered why Matthew told the story this way. It’s not the way John told it. I think that Matthew wanted to make a point. All of us–the disciples then and us today–are are capable of betraying Jesus. In fact, we do!
We betray Jesus when we judge someone by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.
We betray Jesus when we judge others by their place of birth or native language.
We betray Jesus when we ignore the plight of the refugee, the homeless or the poor.
We betray Jesus any number of ways, often every day!
Like the disciples, we are more capable of betraying Jesus than we wish to admit. Unlike the twelve we don’t have to ask, “Is it I, Lord?” for deep in our hearts, we already know the answer.
Being brave enough to face the answer, though, is a glimpses of grace.
Lord, here my confession as I confront the times that I betrayed you this day. Forgive me and show me how to be stronger in my faith journey. Amen.