Reds, Browns, Thirty Coins.
Reds and Browns on the walls until Thursday because of the cross Jesus is going towards. Today, Wednesday, the visual is thirty coins for the price paid for Jesus’ life. The timeline of Passion week is here for referencing other stories that happened today. A white board calendar and some small drawings are up in the dining room, guiding us through what happened during Passion Week.
You will betray Me…
“What will you give me if I hand him over to you?” It was Jesus he spoke of and the chief priests he spoke to. But who is speaking? One of Jesus’ closest twelve, a disciple. A man Jesus spent time with away from the crowds. A man that had followed Jesus and listened to Him for a long time. You probably already know it is Judas. What he did in the end to Jesus, his friend, sounds so terrible to our ears that we proudly think “I would never do that!” But we could and do. Inside every human is the ability to do great evil. Judas stopped looking at Jesus and found himself more important, as we do – often. Now he could rightly be labeled as an enemy, and so could we. But…
The darkness that is inside of every human has the hope of light in front of them. Jesus, the one who said of the soldiers “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” and to the thief on a cross beside him “today you will be with me in Paradise” and who called Judas “friend” (Mt. 26:50) is the same one who calls us, the ones He gave His life for, friends.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you…but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [John 15:12-15]
…But I will call you friend.