I had one of those moments today where I read a Bible passage for probably the millionth time in my life, but had a completely different perspective and revelation after reading it.
The passage can be found in Matthew 26 when Judas betrays Jesus. After Judas comes with his goons and points Jesus out to them, Jesus says this:
“My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” (Matthew 26:50)
Judas was literally betraying Jesus for money. Trading a life for money.
Yet Jesus had the audacity—the love—to still call him a friend. And I don’t believe he was being sarcastic. In fact, I believe, just as Paul writes through the Holy Spirit: “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).
That’s amazing grace right there.