This particular passage highlights some characteristics of Jesus that, when meditated on, could change our relationship with Jesus for the rest of our lives. First, Jesus calls Judas “my friend” even as Judas betrays him… and he means it. If Jesus can call Judas, one of his most trusted men who betrayed him and let him be murdered, “my friend”, then how can he not have the same love in his heart for you? By calling Judas friend, what Jesus conveys about himself is that there is truly nothing we can do to turn Jesus’ heart away from us. Two, Jesus does not take a worldly perspective on our struggles; instead, he sees what God is doing and chooses to focus on the bigger purpose. When Jesus says,
Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?
he reveals what true selflessness is. It is true that Jesus could have saved himself from the cross at any moment, but the fact that he chose not to speaks volumes to how badly he wanted us to be saved. Also, Jesus must have known that the fulfillment of Scriptures would lead many people to believe in Christ in the future, and he was not willing to sacrifice a gift God intended to give his children; a glimpse at how God has been planning to redeem humanity from the very first sin.
This entire passage is powerful. Because Jesus was so confident in his Father and so determined in his love for us, nothing could shake him from his steady and willful procession to the cross.
God. Reveal to me more of Jesus. Help me to see him the way that you do.
- Bailey Meyne