47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.

48 Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

– Luke 22: 47-48

He infamous.  Even most folks who don’t go to church have heard of Judas.  He’s the one who turned Jesus in, the one who betrayed him.  The name Judas and traitor are almost synonymous.

And yet…I’m convinced Jesus still loved him.

At the Last Supper Jesus predicted his betrayal.  He said, “whoever dips his bread with me is the one who will betray me.  That means Judas was sitting next to him, in a seat and position of honor at the Last Supper. (Mark 14:20)

And yet…Jesus loved him.

And yet, when Jesus takes the bread and the wine at that meal, he offers it to all of his disciples, Judas included.  (Mark 14: 22-24)

And yet…Jesus loved him.

Even though he stole from it, Judas was the treasurer for the group. (John 12: 4-6)

And yet…Jesus loved him.

Jesus could have given up on Judas many times, but he never did.  That’s one reason why he could teach with such authority on forgiveness.

How revealing of God’s character, of the depth and love of God’s forgiveness, mercy, grace and love.

No matter how bad we mess up, God still has and “and yet” for us – God still loves us.

And that’s good news.  We may want justice for Judas, but deep down we know we need mercy too.

And yet…God still loves you.

And that’s Grace for your daily grind.

Prayer:  Lord, I’m thankful of the depth of your “and yet” love for me.  Continue to teach me to be merciful to others as you have shown mercy to me.  Amen.