Sunday 4 September 2022

John 13:18-30

18 “I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’ 19 I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I AM the Messiah. 20 I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me.” 21 Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” 22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. 23 The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 25 So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27 When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” 28 None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 29 Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. 30 So Judas left at once, going out into the night.

Gosh what a difficult meal this must have been for Jesus. At the beginning of this chapter, the bible notes how much Jesus cared for His disciples. These are the team who He invested in; He had given them all He had to share. Now He has to discuss being betrayed by one of them – in front of that person. The Passover meal was a special celebration each year – this was not just any night. Jesus came to the meal knowing what was to happen while everyone else was focused on the celebration.

It’s not easy to hide that sort of difference in feelings. He could have pretended, kept things hidden, focused on the evening and not what would follow. Instead, Jesus shared the situation – to prepare the people He loved so they would not be completely surprised. This was to provide more evidence that Jesus was the Son of God as well as keeping the team in the loop. I appreciate the idea that Jesus cared for His team in this way. He doesn’t tell us everything we think we want to know but He does communicate what we need to know. He cared for His disciples so much and He cares for each of us in the same way. He wants to help us through hard things.

Dear Lord Thank You so much for Your love and care for each of us every day. Thank You that You are there to help us through every situation we find ourselves in. Help us to remember to ask for Your help and, more importantly, to listen when You reach out to help us take the right path through. Amen.

Written by Therese Manning

2 replies
  1. Claire Moore says:

    I love these thoughts Therese. That Jesus loves his team and this was shown by his preparing them for difficult times ahead. It must have been v painful for him too to look his friend and disciple in the eye knowing what he was about to do. It’s like he acknowledged Judas’ role in what was to come. Betrayal destroys but what forgiveness Jesus showed.

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