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Judas Betrayed Jesus With Clean Feet

The story of Judas’ betrayal of the Lord Jesus is as familiar as it is troubling. There is nothing worse that he could have done in his life than to betray Jesus. When Jesus says that it would have been better for him not to even be born (Mark 14), we begin to see the significance of the action. It is the ultimate evil act to betray or attack the ultimate good one. The consideration of the whole series of events is flat-out disturbing.

One particular unsettling note to Judas’ departure from the Passover table is the timing. As Jesus was unpacking the various Christological and eschatological significances of the Passover meal, Judas got up and left.

However, we know that just a short time before, perhaps after the first cup of wine, early in the Passover feast, our Lord washed his disciples feet (John 13).

The disciples were bickering about their greatness while Jesus was showcasing his greatness. Greatness always serves. It wears the apron (Mark 10.45″>Mark 10.45; 1 Peter 5.5-6).

This serving, this washing of the feet included all of the disciples, even Judas.

It is clear that the Lord Jesus knew what was going down with Judas (John 13.21-30″>John 13.21-30). He knew that the terrible hours before him would be triggered by one of those closest to him. But, even so, we have Jesus stooping down at the feet of all of his disciples, even Judas, and washing their feet.

Consider the embedded drama. Judas is scheming for how and when he will betray him (Mark 14.11″>Mark 14.11) while Jesus is washing his feet. The very hands that will soon be pierced through with nails are at this moment stooping to serve, washing even the feet of one of his enemies.

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Erik is a pastor at Emmaus Bible Church (EmmausBibleChurch.org), a church plant south of Omaha. Converse with Erik on Twitter at @erikraymond.