My Friend

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)

Friend?

Friend?

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.

That’s love.

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2 thoughts on “My Friend”

  1. Such a simple word and yet so much is said. Love, grace, forgiveness, compassion. It may be why Judas took his own life. Even in the moment of betrayal, Jesus didn’t condemn or speak harshly, he spoke as He did on the first day he met Judas. The sorrow and paid Judas must have felt when the blinders were removed. ‘He called me friend… wow’. And no matter what we do despite our best intentions, he calls us friend too. Better yet, he calls us his bride. Great post!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Anne! It’s definitely an amazing revelation how Jesus loves us despite our sinfulness and how he still calls us his friend even in our darkest moments. 🙂

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