“So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night” (John 13:30).

There is a powerful, but easily missed, visual to be found in the morsel received by Judas. What is for the church a communion element for commemorative observance, was in the hand of Judas an indicting reminder of the nearness of salvation and an opportunity lost. What if Judas had waited? What might have been? Could he have experienced the same grace that would restore Peter and the other disciples? We will never know because what he did, he did quickly. What became night for Judas, and the sunset of his fate, has become for us the daybreak of greater possibilities; for renewal, restoration, and the hope of a new day.

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