Sitting at a dinner table with family or friends is traditionally a pleasant experience. Mealtime isn’t often envisioned as a time of contentiousness, discord, drama, or anxiety laden. If anything, it is perhaps thought of as a respite from all that stuff, a time to come together collectively in accord with each other, if only for a while. The dinner table isn’t the place where we would normally consider sitting with the unlovable, the cheater, one who has hurt us deeply, the liar, the betrayer, the lesser of us. That would make conversation awkward at best, and probably not the least bit fruitful. Let’s face it, in our strong desire to be liked by everyone, we’re not about to sit with those who we sense, by their actions or personalities, don’t like us. Yes, we are that narrow. It goes against our grain, but to sit with those who’ve hurt us, is to understand the love of Jesus.
The thing I absolutely love about Jesus on this journey of mine is that He perfectly modeled for us how to do life in all it offers us. By modeling how He did ministry and indeed sat at the table with the very one that He knew was going to betray him is indicative of the kind of love I should have for my fellow man. He displayed that. I seldom do…. mostly because I won’t often mingle with “those” people. That’s pretty narrow isn’t it? That’s not what he modeled is it?
That’s also not what scripture says about the subject either:
You see, perhaps we will never actually sit at the table with our Judas(s). There may never be an opportunity, even if we decide that we could. So less broaden the scope of the table a bit. Perhaps the time will come when you and I will bump into our Judas at the barber shop, the mall, or the grocery store. Maybe the gas station. Maybe none of those places, but perhaps he/she could simply call or reach out to you or I with the intention of sharing the olive branch. How will we react? How will we welcome them? How will we treat them? When our Judas comes to that table will we understand the love of Jesus Christ enough to welcome them?
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