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“So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.” John 13:30
John’s imagery is always so clear. When we leave Him we enter into darkness, when we cling to Him we remain in the light. But what were Judas’ intentions? Had he convinced himself that what he was doing was good?
The movie Jesus of Nazareth portrays a Judas who wants to see Jesus’ ideas and philosophies advanced. He knows he is going behind Jesus’ back, he knows there is treachery involved, but he has convinced himself this is the only way for Jesus’ message to get out. It is a sympathetic portrayal, and one that should cause all of us to meditate on how we allow Jesus to shape us. Do we cling to abstractions of Jesus and His message? Do we reduce Him to an impersonal intellectual morsel?
Yes, the teachings of Christ are Truth, and we must always strive to live it and teach it. But Jesus is more than just an idea, He is body, blood, soul and divinity. His Word is not tidbits of wise sayings, it is living with power to transform you. We cannot evangelize the world if Jesus is just an abstract morsel of goodness, we must have a relationship with Him, then we remain in His light and let Him live in us and breath through us, to draw all mankind to Himself.
Close your eyes and lay your head on His chest and listen to His beating heart. Remain in His light always!
Heidi writes at Journey to Wisdom.