Who Would Do the Dirty Deed?

Daily God Walk for Thursday, December 2, 2010

  Jesus was troubled in his spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.”

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to his disciples and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread which I have dipped it in the dish.” – John 13:26

 Jesus not only knew this was his last night with his disciples and that he would soon be betrayed, he also knew who was going to betray him. You can imagine the suspense as he told his faithful followers that one of them was going to betray him.

Denials were forthcoming and suspicion arose between them. “Who would do this dirty deed?” they wondered among themselves. Then they asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him (v26-28).

This was their last Passover meal together and now they were stricken with the stark reality that Jesus would soon be put to death. What would they do now? How would they be able to continue the message of the kingdom when their Lord was gone? All of these questions were going through their mind as they processed the idea of him being gone.

Most pressing however was the fact that one of the twelve would become traitor. There have been many through the centuries that have played the role of Judas and betrayed their faith for a few pieces of silver, or fame, or for just being accepted among their peers. We must guard ourselves from such things.

 Principle:  Many have betrayed Jesus for this world.

Affirmation: Having Jesus is worth all the world to me.

Prayer: Help me to never trade Jesus for this world. Amen.

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