Judas Is at the Table

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 26:26-30

Then he took a cup . . . saying: “Drink from it, all of you.” (v. 27)

A friend of mine played Judas in a “Living Lord’s Supper” pageant at his church. People from the congregation and the surrounding community filed past the table as “Jesus,” chalice in hand, spoke to his twelve disciples: “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” A father and his young daughter passed by. “Which one is Judas?” the girl asked in a whisper. The father pointed to my friend. After a long pause, the child declared: “I don’t think he should be allowed at the table!”

Judas was allowed at the table. Jesus knows what Judas has already done, and is going to do, yet he does not bar him from the table. Jesus didn’t exclude Judas. Judas excluded himself.

People still exclude themselves. They fall away from church because they think they are not good enough, or they don’t believe enough, or they don’t believe the right things. Included by Christ, we often exclude ourselves.

But Judas is at the table. When Jesus invites all the disciples to drink from the cup, he is talking to people who will betray him, deny him, turn him in, sell him out. He forgives them. He forgives you.

PRAYER

Lord, let me remember the only unforgivable sin is excluding myself from you.