“So Judas left at once, going out into the night” (John 13:30 NLT).


The one who leaves Jesus and his disciples to go “out into the night” will hurt Christ and his church, but in the end will be the one most harmed by that decision. That is what sin does. It caused Adam to hide in the shadows of the garden from the Lord. It caused Saul to search for answers under cover of darkness from a medium. Sin always leads to separation. Sin goes “out into the night” to do its work. But the righteous walk in the light of day. They do not leave the Lord’s table. They stay even when the Lord rebukes as he did Peter saying, “Satan has asked to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you.” Don’t give into sin’s pull. When the Lord speaks of washing feet, suffering and dying for him, stay. It will seem easier and perhaps even beneficial to leave the table. Yet, no matter how difficult the Lord’s Word is for you, stay at the table. Do not go “out into the night.”
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are often tempted by secret sins. We wouldn’t want anyone to know of our hidden habits, but You know. Yet, You still love and forgive us. Lord, teach us to always walk in the light. And help us to always stay at the Lord’s table in fellowship, never leaving to go out into the night. In Jesus’ name, amen.