At the end of a log day Jesus and the disciples are gathered around the table for a meal. The evening had begun with Jesus, their teacher and leader, washing their feet. He set for them the example of how to follow. In this humble gesture, He illustrated that being a follower of Christ must include a willingness to serve.
As they are relaxing and taking this teaching in, Jesus announces that one of them reclining there at the table will betray Him. Can you hear the awkward silence fall over the group? I imagine some looking down and inwardly questioning if it will be them. They honestly face their doubts. Others at the table would be quick to dismiss such a thought and would begin looking around the table, wondering who else it could be, sure of themselves that it would not be they who betrays Christ.
Jesus quickly identifies Judas Iscariot and he slips off into the night to do the deed. But the conversation quickly turns to Peter – the bold one, the one willing to step out on the water, one of the inner three. Jesus tells Peter that soon even he will deny Christ – not once but three times! At this all of their minds must have been swimming. All must have questioned themselves and their faith in this Jesus if Peter, the rock-solid one, would deny Jesus.
On this day of betrayal and denial, may we too honestly look within and examine the strength of our own faith. Each of us will probably have an opportunity today to identify ourselves publicly with Christ. Will we boldly stand for Him or will we let the opportunity quietly slip by? If not today, then surely tomorrow. May we be prepared to stand and be counted as one ready to bring glory to our Lord and Savior.
Scripture reference: John 12: 21-32