What Would You Do?
You've probably heard the commercial "What would you do for a Klondike bar?" If you listened to #ec1dot10, you would have also heard us ask "What would you do for a Kit-Kat (or a Reese's)?" It seems kind of foolish to even consider trading something as valuable as a friendship or mentorship, or abandoning and betraying someone you love for something as insignificant as a candy bar. But, that's kind of what Judas did.
Judas and Jesus were close. I know he is normally portrayed as the evil disciple who is always lurking on the sidelines plotting against Jesus, or at least that's how he always appeared in church productions. But in reality, Jesus hand picked him, he was one of the twelve that walked with Jesus day and night. It's hard to really imagine what all went through his heart and mind when he decided to betray Jesus for a bag of silver, or is it?
Have you ever betrayed someone? I know I have. In that moment, I wasn't really thinking about anyone but myself. I didn't think how it would effect them or really how it would effect me in the long run. I just acted out of my selfishness. I also know what it feels like to be betrayed by someone. I know the pain and heartache that follows.
The biggest lesson I've learned through it all is not "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (which is a good lesson, btw) but rather how to receive and give grace. Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him before Judas even knew! Yet He loved Judas and did not hold it against him. After hurting someone I cared about deeply, I learned first hand what grace looks like. It was because of that lesson that I have been able to extend grace when I am hurt.
My initial question was "What would you do for a Klondike or candy bar?" But now I'd like to flip the question, "What would you do for your betrayer?" Would you extend them grace or would you sever the relationship? At the end of the day, betrayal is a two sided [silver] coin and you could find yourself on either end. The question is, what would you do?