Some of the crowd who followed Jesus still didn’t believe. We’re told, “Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him…From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:64,66).
Do you think that includes Judas? Judas was still part of the Twelve even in the upper room the night before Jesus died, yet in his heart and soul it’s very possible that Judas—right here—turns away.
And Jesus knew it. He knew right at this moment that Judas would be a traitor. Jesus knew even a few years ago when he was deciding whether or not to call Judas as a disciple that Judas would betray him. And still, Jesus chose him. Still, Jesus loved him.
We want to scream out to Jesus, “He’s not worth saving!” but Jesus knew that about Judas, and knows that about us. Jesus knows I will betray him again with my sins, and he still loves me. I’m not worth saving. You’re not worth saving. Jesus knows that. But he loves us anyway. He never gave up on Judas, even to the end, and Jesus will never give up on you.
So don’t leave his life-changing love. Don’t turn away from his call to discipleship no matter how difficult. Don’t give up learning about him and from him so that you can better follow him and better bring others to him.
Pastor Dean Boernke