From Richard Bauckham & Trevor Hart, At the Cross, p. 32.
“Surely, Lord, it is not I?” So often we know even before we ask that it is. We, like Judas, like all the disciples, like every disciple who has ever lived, have betrayed Jesus for the most trifling of rewards. May we, too, feel the burn of Jesus’ eyes as he speaks to us “Yes, it is you.” Help us Lord to confront our secret betrayals, to know them as clearly and judge them as surely as does your purifying and cauterizing gaze. And on the far side of the shame and pain of crucifixion may we discover your enduring and redeeming love restoring us and raising us up to a new fullness of life lived in your Son and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.