John, The Love of God
We know how deeply the hurt can go, making us physically sick, when we are betrayed by someone we love. Now think about being betrayed by one who walked you, ate with you, laughed and talked with you. He was ONE of us, we cry out. How can it be? We can’t believe it at first, we don’t want to believe it, then it all adds up. Truth rises to the surface. It always does, eventually.
Jesus knew his betrayer. He knew his heart, therefore he also knew what was being planned with the Jewish leaders behind the scenes under the cover of darkness. Jesus knew the plan because Scripture foretold the plan that included the plot of betrayal by “one of you”. The plan was designed and formed long before Creation of mankind.
After washing the disciples feet and telling them about what real, authentic servant ministry will look like for them, He brings the truth about Judas to the surface. “I’m not including all of you in this.” “One of you is going to betray me.”
Disciples response? “Who me?”
John 13, The Message
The One Who Ate Bread at My Table
18-20 “I’m not including all of you in this. I know precisely whom I’ve selected, so as not to interfere with the fulfillment of this Scripture:
The one who ate bread at my table
Turned on his heel against me.
“I’m telling you all this ahead of time so that when it happens you will believe that I am who I say I am. 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.”
21 After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.”
22-25 The disciples looked around at one another, wondering who on earth he was talking about. 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?”
26-27 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.
“What you must do,” said Jesus, “do. Do it and get it over with.”
28-29 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.
30 Judas, with the piece of bread, left. It was night.
What do we learn?
–Where two or three are gathered, God’s spirit will be there, but so will the enemy…be alert.
–Judas was the treasurer of the group and a dishonest one at that. Where his heart was so was his life and behavior.
–Did Judas have a choice? That is a theological question that has been and still is debated. But remember, Judas was making bad choices before the final betrayal of His Master.
–Do we have a choice to be loyal to our Lord or betray him with our behavior? YES! We are faced with this choice daily.
–Be the one who follows, obeys and trusts in our Lord and stands for the Truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to correct and restore.
–Jesus became “visibly upset” when He told those around him, “One of you is going to betray me.” Jesus, God’s Son, loves us so deeply, wants only His best for us, so it is no wonder that out of this extravagant love that held Him to a cross, that he would be visibly upset. He loved Judas.
–Jesus loves us. He REALLY loves you and I.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We understand when the disciples ask, “Is it me?” We underestimate the love You have for us so many times. We fall away, avoid the Truth or don’t stand for Truth when You are questioned. We repent of the times we were in betrayal by being silent. We don’t want to be “the one” who betrays You.
Thank you for your love, mercy and grace. Thank you for continually transforming us to be all you intended for us to be. Help us, Lord. Save us from ourselves. Keep us focused on Your Love. Thank you for restoration.
In Jesus Name, Amen