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Holy Week Devotional: Apr 1 (Maundy Thursday)

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Today’s Texts: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Exodus 12:1-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Reflection on John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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Have you ever felt betrayed? Was it with someone who was close to you? What did you experience mentally and emotionally? Unbelief? (This can’t be happening … I thought we were friends) Anger? (This isn’t right!..How can they do this to me!) Gut-wrenching pain? (Words are inadequate) What did you do? Did you “stuff it” or  become passive-aggressive? Let me just say that I write from experience.

Reflecting on this well known passage we often recognize the humility and example of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. Yet this time I was struck by the contrast of  the number of times Jesus refers to Judas and how He knew his close disciple would betray Him (13:2, 11, 18-27, 31). Yet Jesus loved him (13:1b), He did good to Judas, He served Judas by washing  his feet, He spoke with him without anger in His voice and Jesus was going sacrifice Himself for him. The Lord gave him opportunity after opportunity to turn to him, even at the betrayal event itself  He called him “friend”(Matthew 26:50). Jesus was emphasizing how he loved all his disciples (13: 1b), and how he set the example of costly love, and wanted them to love each other (13:34, 35) even to the extent of loving the one you know would betray you.

Have you ever felt betrayed? May we love, through Christ’s power in the way Jesus loved Judas.

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Steve Esther Quen Steve Quen is joyfully married to Esther for over 30 years and has 4 young adult children. He has served on the staff of Bay Area Chinese Bible Church for 22 years, 13 years as the Senior Pastor.

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