John 13:20-30

In John 13:20-30, we have Jesus dealing with a very painful part of His time on earth, facing His betrayer prior to the act. But before He faces off with Judas, he says “Make sure you get this right: Receiving someone I send is the same as receiving me, just as receiving me is the same as receiving the One who sent me.” Jesus reminded all His disciples – the faithful ones and Judas – that His work was not finished. Judas would not win; the work of Jesus would continue and they would be sent as His representatives. He also wanted Judas to know that rejecting Him meant rejecting the God who sent Jesus.

Then the mood shifts as Jesus deals with the pain ahead. “After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” No beating around the bush here.  Just truth, plain and straight.  Judas’ betrayal of Jesus troubled Him. Jesus was not unfeeling or emotionally detached from the events ahead. He loved Judas, and was troubled for Judas’ sake, much more than His own. But everyone else was clueless.  They had no idea what was coming.  “The disciples looked around at one another, wondering who on earth he was talking about”.

So as usual, Peter takes the lead in trying to get answers. “One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. Peter motioned to him to ask who Jesus might be talking about. So, being the closest, he said, “Master, who?” John was likely on one side of Jesus, and Judas on the other.  Peter asks John to find out who was the betrayer.  And Jesus clearly gives the answer.  “Jesus said, “The one to whom I give this crust of bread after I’ve dipped it.” Then he dipped the crust and gave it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. As soon as the bread was in his hand, Satan entered him”.

Jesus knew Judas was His betrayer, yet His love and goodness seemed to become greater instead of lesser. Jesus even gave Judas the chance to repent without revealing him as the traitor to all the other disciples. But when that obviously wasn’t going to be the outcome, Jesus sends Judas off to do what his heart intended – betraying Jesus to the religious leaders who wanted Him dead. “What you must do,” said Jesus, “do. Do it and get it over with.” The rest of the Twelve were still oblivious to what was happening right in front of them.  They don’t understand Judas is the one.

It was already in the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. Yet when Judas rejected the love and favor of Jesus it broke some barrier within him and Satan entered him. Jesus knew what happened but “No one around the supper table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas was their treasurer, Jesus was telling him to buy what they needed for the Feast, or that he should give something to the poor”. If they (especially Peter) had known they would have stopped Judas. They believed Judas had business to do on behalf of the group, either to pay the expenses for the dinner or to give something to the poor. “Judas, with the piece of bread, left. It was night”. Judas shows us that a fallen man needs more than an example and even more than good teaching. Judas had the best example and the greatest Teacher, and was still lost.

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