There is an interesting passage of scripture where Jesus tells the disciples about who is going to betray Him. It is found in John 13:18-30. Although at times Jesus spoke in parables, here He says some pretty straightforward things.
“He who shared my bread has turned against me.”
“I am telling you now before it happens…”
“Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
“It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”
Then we read that Jesus dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas. So it would seem pretty obvious who would be the betrayer, wouldn’t it? Yet we read that none of the disciples understood what was going on. They didn’t seem to get it.
It is easy to read a passage of scripture like this and think, “What is wrong with those guys?” It is so plain to see! Yet how often do we not understand, even when it is right there in front of us?
We don’t understand why we are struggling to stay on top of the bills…yet we continue to splurge on items we really don’t need. We don’t understand why our marriage is falling apart…yet we have developed a “friendly” online relationship. We don’t understand why our kids have gone down the wrong path…yet we have compromised our own beliefs right in front of them.
Sometimes it really is right in front of us, yet we are just as ignorant as the disciples were when it came to understanding that Jesus would be betrayed.
I guess we can’t be so quick to condemn them, can we? What is right in front of your eyes that you need to see more clearly?