That Table

Have you ever been part of a confrontation?

There’s a place at the table for you.

Has anyone ever called you out?

There’s a place at the table for you.

Have you ever been betrayed?

There’s a place at the table for you.

Have you ever been the betrayer?

There’s a place at the table for you.

Maybe you just sat there.

There’s a place at the table for you.

Maybe you were ready to defend or be offended.

There’s a place at the table for you.

Perhaps you are always ready to take offense.

There’s a place at the table for you.

Maybe you don’t feel anything and you don’t care.

There’s a place at the table for you.

Faith could be absent or just never tapped.

There’s a place at the table for you.

You could be a fighter.

There’s a place at the table for you.

You could be a lover.

There’s a place at the table for you.

Maybe you can feel the jingle of those 30 silver pieces in your pocket.

There’s a place at the table for you.

On this day in this Holy Week, Jesus is being honest and vulnerable in one place.

Schemes and selfish plots are occurring in another place.

At that table, Jesus resurrects honesty. Let’s just get real this week. We really can all be ourselves. We are forgiven, and we are confessing. And we’re being loved. We’re being fed. We are doing the work. We are learning. We have everything we need already. We are facing the cost of this love together.

Thanks be to God for that table.

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

   Jesus answered, “You have said so.” Matthew 25:14-25 (NLT)

 

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