Now Jesus was in great anguish of spirit and exclaimed, “Yes, it is true—one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. Since I was sitting next to Jesus at the table, being his closest friend, Simon Peter motioned to me to ask him who it was who would do this terrible deed.
So I turned and asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
He told me, “It is the one I honor by giving the bread dipped in the sauce.”
And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.
As soon as Judas had eaten it, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry—do it now.”
None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. Some thought that since Judas was their treasurer, Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. Judas left at once, going out into the night.
The honored guest at a meal would be singled out by the host by giving him or her a piece of bread dipped in sauce.
Matching Words and Actions
Judas, the very man who would betray Jesus, was at the table with the others. Judas had already determined to betray Jesus, but in cold-blooded hypocrisy he shared the fellowship of this meal. It is easy to become enraged or shocked by what Judas did; yet professing commitment to Christ and then denying him with one’s life is also betraying him. It is denying Christ’s love to disobey him; it is denying his truth to distrust him; it is denying his deity to reject his authority.
Do your words and actions match? If not, consider a change of mind and heart that will protect you from making a terrible mistake.
One Year with Jesu