His love strengthens the weak in spirit. His love heals the broken. His love makes old things new. His love forgives the traitor. His love accepts the sinner.
Jesus’ last dine with his twelve disciples is proof that He practices what He preaches.
In Matthew 5:44, Jesus commanded us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Luke 1:27 has a similar quote from Christ: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. But how is this connected to the last supper?
Well, remember Judas Iscariot? He was present, wasn’t he? He dined with Jesus and the other disciples the very same night he was going to betray the Savior. Though Jesus knew the enemy was about to use Judas, his inclusion proved that Jesus loved him still. He was seated at the table, where he was welcomed by none other than Jesus Himself.
When Jesus broke the bread and distributed that symbol of His body, he thought of Judas just as he thought of the other eleven. When He blessed the cup with the wine which represented His precious blood, Judas was still in His mind. Nowhere in the Holy Bible will you find him excluded during the last supper because He was about to betray Jesus and He knew.
Jesus was completely aware of what Judas was up to. In fact, He knew even before He was sent to the world! Jesus also knew that what Judas was about to do was persecution, yet He allowed him to be there on that night. He forgave Judas even before He asked forgiveness and though he had no intention to. He loved Judas with no conditions, just as he loved the other disciples. He loved all people just the same, and this is why the last supper is the best representation of God’s unconditional love. We’ve been traitors in our own ways—going back to our sinful nature now and then—yet when we ask for forgiveness, we find that He has already forgiven us. But that doesn’t mean we keep sinning. The beauty of being saved is knowing that we must return the love given to us by loving others with no conditions too. Yes, there are difficult people, but there is no better way to let others know of His love than by mirroring it ourselves. Jesus already made the best example. All we have to do is follow.