Betrayed at the Curb — Daily Meditation Moment
“Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them [the disciples] why… ‘One of you is going to betray me…the one whom I give this crust of bread after I’ve dipped it.’” 13:21, 26 (The Message Bible)
I stood at the curb of the pick-up lane at the San Jose Airport and waited. And waited. I stared at every car that passed … Is this my friend? After dozens of cars stopping, people embracing, and trunks slamming, I began to believe I’d been stood up. I called her and got a rather terse, “I didn’t get confirmation that you were coming …” Rather than go into dialogue about “what next,” I offered her an “out” by saying, “I’ll see if I can’t go to the conference early.” The reply I heard was, “That would work out better … we are packing to go on a cruise.” They were leaving in five days.
When Jesus gave Judas the piece of crust as a symbol that Judas was the one who would betray him, Jesus gave him the least desirable part of the bread—the crust. Judas left the disciples with the crust still in his hands…a reminder that Satan had entered him.
Dear Lord, when I betray someone, I deserve crust. But you redeem me and give me a fresh new loaf of bread every morning to dine in your mercy. Thank you. Amen.