“And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing” (Luke 22:23).

News that the hand of the betrayer was with Jesus at the table (v.21) must have been a shock to the disciples. Though Judas would become one of the most despised names in history, the actions of the other disciples over the coming hours would provide a more comprehensive truth—betrayal has many names and faces. While every disciple betrays Jesus in myriad ways, it’s such as these that become the most effective messengers of a merciful redemption. Those who realize they are but products of God’s grace are, themselves, more gracious toward others.

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