Holy Wednesday : John 13:21-32 • Hebrews 12:1-3
Jesus’ mind was filled with all kinds of fears during those last days before his crucifixion. He could feel the confrontation coming and that his hour was at hand. He recognized that he would be betrayed into the hands of his executioners. This knowledge may have engendered fear but, even more deeply, a sadness. Jesus’ fear was enveloped by his sorrow.
When we are hurt we may identify with Jesus as the one betrayed, the man of sorrows. We can do this though we tell ourselves that our experiences pale in comparison. Sadly, and more likely, we think of ourselves as Judas, the one who wounds, betrays and isolates.
May Christ empower us all to endure the small betrayals, the hurt feelings, and the broken fellowship common to our lives. May Christ give us the capacity to forgive for his glory and for the benefit of both betrayer and betrayed—whichever one we may be at the time.
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be
whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept
joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the
glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.