“What you are about to do, do it quickly.” Jesus – John 13:27b

Every now and then the words of Jesus become glaringly human for me. We typically focus on the Divinity of Jesus, the miracles, the amazing teaching, his moments of compassion. We are reminded of his humanity in relationship for the necessity to understand and relate to us, that God literally arrived in the midst of the mess that it is to be human and didn’t shy away. But from time to time I read a quote from Jesus that is so simple and so human I internally think, “That’s right. Amen. You get it. So true.”

The above passage is from the familiar scene of the Last Supper, the night Jesus dines and dials in with his closest friends, and this sentence, this is what the Gospel writer John records as what Jesus says to Judas as he shares the bread, and right before he leaves to betray Jesus.

There are a small handful of occurrences I believe are universal. Being betrayed at some point, on some level seems to be one of those universal moments. Betrayal is something, at some point, we will all experience. The depth and the consequences may vary, but I can’t imagine anyone that has lived that has not been betrayed. Another universal experience is having the thought, “Let’s just get this over with.” I know this is going to hurt, so let’s just do this quickly. Rip off the band-aid.

Life’s moments where I have been “done” or I was beyond “ready to move on,” I have prayed from places of exhaustion. When I realize what is happening and the inevitability of the pain I just want to push through, anxious for the present as well as the future. Desperately needing to move from “now” to “then.” But we hang in there. Sometimes things pass quickly, sometimes they do not.

This morning I am thankful for the simple reminder that Jesus experienced something similar, that He wanted to hasten the hurt. Fully knowing what lay ahead, knowing the long drawn out days before Him, He understands our own ache at times to hurry up the process. He gets it, and I am so glad.

“What you are about to do, do it quickly.”

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