He offered His cheek to be kissed. Knowing.
I have always been amazed at this verse. Jesus knew, He knew Judas was full of satan, yet called him, "friend". He allowed him to kiss Him.
All the while - He knew.
Each time upon reading verses pertaining to Judas, I would put him into a box all by himself.
And I have.
And I will.
Again, I stand amazed at my Christ. Knowing what He did - and still - He loved Judas. He always reached out to Judas in love, grace, and mercy. Judas rejected - not Christ. And Judas was the one who sinned. Not Christ.
Then He puts into my heart and mind, "Deby, who are you not to extend love, grace, and mercy - to everyone. Who has betrayed you in such a way that Judas betrayed me? When did you go to The Cross?"
I fall to His feet - humbled. I pray for those when looking at me to see Him - not me. I pray for Him to remove any sin from my heart. I pray I may be Christlike to all - and yet........
There are times when I hang on to the pride, bitterness and anger. Knowing all the while it hurts my Daddy and delights satan. A quote I heard awhile back keeps running through my mind, "Are you entertaining yourself with the sins that put Jesus on The Cross".
I am growing in the freedom to "let go and let God".
I am praying all may know He too is calling them "friend".