Journey to the Cross part 5
One could also entitle this post Betrayal Part 2 since we revisit some of the same themes we did in my last post.
After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in 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 this disciple 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 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, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Jesus finally breaks the news to the rest of the disciples that one of them will betray him. What a shock that must have been to Judas Iscariot, who thought no one else knew of his secret plans.
The other disciples are just as shocked and questions start firing from all sides of the table. Is it me? Everyone one by one, eventually asked the question. Jesus finally gave the sign of bread dipped in oil given to the one who would betray. Still no one got what was truly going on. Especially with the words that went with the giving of the bread. some thought there was something that still needed to be done, others thought Judas slipped out to give something to the poor as was the usual withing the group.
If you have ever tasted bread dipped in oil, whether leaven or unleavened, you know that it is not the most pleasant combination. It puts a film around the walls of your mouth that takes a few swallows to get rid of.
Jesus knows who is going to betray him and has known the entire time of his ministry. Jesus knew that it would be Judas Iscariot. Once Judas ate the bread the oil coated his mouth and the text says that this is when Satan entered Judas.
Now there is some significance with the last four words of the passage “And it was night.” Scholars believe this is John’s way of stating that Satan was about to have a very successful night on the town.
Have you ever betrayed Jesus? Turned your back on what He is teaching?
You can return to Christ.
There is nothing that Christ has not already forgiven. He died so that we no longer have live with the sin.
We all deserve death for that is the wages of sin. I don’t care if you are the most pious person you know or the black sheep of the family, we all have sinned, myself included. Christ died so that he could give the FREE GIFT of life, that we may live with him forever!! To remove the disgusting combinations of sin from our lives. All you have to do is believe that Christ died on the cross for your sins, and that he defeated and smashed them to smithereens when he rose again from the grave very much alive. You can do so by saying these words
I know that I have sinned and ask forgiveness for those sins.
I believe that you died on the cross to take away those sins, and three days later rose from the grave.
I ask that you come into my heart and live within me for the rest of my life.
In your name I pray
If you said those words for the first time, or if you have fallen away from the faith and are saying them as a means of rededicating yourself to God, there is one more step. YOU HAVE TO TELL SOMEONE preferably another Christian. Contact a local church and get involved in a body of believers. There they will be able to help you as you continue the journey. We are meant to be in relationship with both God and others.
Welcome to the Family of God!!