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The Lenten Journey – When Betrayal Comes to Dinner!

When Betrayal Comes to Dinner
1 Corinthians 11:23-34

Don’t you find it interesting that on the day of his betrayal, at his last meal with his disciples, Jesus is serving dinner? You would have expected Jesus to be the guest of honor. After all, it was Jesus who had been so influential in their lives, and it was Jesus who was going away. Surely the disciples would have been tripping over themselves to serve Jesus. Considering all that Jesus was about to sacrifice on their behalf, you would think he would allow them the opportunity to cater to him before he took up the cross. But true to his mission, even on the eve of his death, Jesus chooses to serve rather than be served.

Yet, even more striking than the fact that Jesus is hosting his own dinner party is who is in attendance. For seated at the table with the rest of the disciples is Judas—the one who will betray him. In the gospels we find that while Jesus is aware of the presence of betrayal, he is not moved by it. Jesus gives bread and wine to everyone at the table, just as he will give his body and blood for all, without distinction or reservation.

When we take up our cross as servants of God to the world we too will find ourselves in the presence of a betrayer or two. We will discover that these betrayers are hard to identify because they tend to pose as friends and followers. This will sometimes cause us to become guarded instead of freely giving of ourselves in the ways that God has called us. We will be tempted to cancel all dinner parties—isolating ourselves from the very people that God has sent us to serve—in an effort to avoid betrayal.

But, like Jesus, we cannot alter the mission based upon who is at the table. Freely we have received, and freely we must give of ourselves; even in the presence of our enemies. In doing so we proclaim the Lord’s death, declaring that God has prepared a great feast for a sin-ravished world, and everyone is welcome at the table.

Rev. Chalice Overy, Youth Minister
Baptist Grove Church
Raleigh, NC


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  1. PDBroadnax says:

    Wonderfull word! PTL for inclusion!

  2. Rev. Joy L. Wilkerson says:

    Awesome Word! “But, like Jesus, we cannot alter the mission based upon who is at the table.” I needed that. May God continue to bless you in your ministry.

  3. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Wow and Thank you for sharing this awesome meditation. Showers of Blessings, Pastor Delphine

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