A New Schooling Example

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

John 13:18-30

Reference: “After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”” John‬ ‭13:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Justice in primary school is very important. Not only are children being taught right and wrong but teachers are setting an example of what the culture of the school should be.

It’s always tricky when the teachers want to set things right but they’re not 100% sure of who is in the wrong.

This is when the whole class is punished until the perpetrator comes forward. This is not fair to those who are innocent but relies on either the class dobbing in the one who has done the wrong or the wrong-doer giving in for the sake of the whole class.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Application: When Jesus was teaching His disciples He knew one of them would betray Him. He even knew which one, He didn’t have to play any mind games like some teachers do.

As I have heard the story many times I, too, knew it was Judas. But really, it could have been anyone around the table that Jesus was dying for. In fact, if any of us were around that table we could have been blamed also.

Our misdemeanours may not have been as obvious as Judas’ at the Last Supper, however, we have all wronged and fall short of Jesus’ example. Thankfully, we live on this side of the resurrection, so we are already forgiven.

Let us live in such a way that Jesus would not look our way when searching for those who had turned from His example.

Prayer: Lord, we lift Your name high. May we live more like You so that all may know You are the source of our love. Amen.

How could you change your behaviour to represent Jesus more in your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.