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Victim & Victimizer

March 29, 2013

“At the Last Supper, victim and victimizer (Jesus and Judas) were both present. Victim and victimizer are also present at the Lord’s Supper today, and each of us is both victim and victimizer.”[1]

Metzger points out something Desmond Tutu believes: the victimizer in his offense also becomes the victim. Tutu states, “We are bound up in a delicate network of interdependence because, as we say in our African idiom, a person is a person through other persons. To dehumanize another means that one is dehumanized as well.”[2] We see that with Judas. As he victimized Jesus, he also became the victim of his own actions, and the guilt brought upon his own conscience (Acts 1:16-19).

Despite being considered victimizers, there is hope. On Sunday, the tomb will be empty! We will celebrate the one who walked out of the tomb, and who is now living. And the Spirit has been sent to live in us. With the guidance of the Spirit, we can move more towards a Christlikeness which reflects our Messiah.

Reflect on the radical steps God took to tear the curtain open and lift the veil to expose Himself to us in all of His glory. Who are you victimizing? Make it right. Clear your conscience, repent, and prepare for the Resurrection Sunday celebration.

[1] Paul Louis Metzger. Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2007. 150

[2] Desmond Tutu. No Future Without Forgiveness. New York, NY: Image Doubleday, 1999. 35


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