18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned[a] against me.’[b] 19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 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, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”
28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Jesus had spent 3 years with the disciples that He not only chose but loved. He had spent days and nights with them on land and sea, teaching them the things of God and the ways of God. Preparing them for the journey ahead as Disciples who will definitely experience persecution and possibly death. These Disciples have seen Jesus perform one miracle after another. They saw Him give sight to the blind, raise the dead, heal the sick , calm the raging sea, fed the multitude, cast out demons, and on and on for 3 years, teaching and training them to be His disciples.
After 3 years of intense training and now at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus now informs His disciples that He will be betrayed by one of them who sits at meat with Him at this last supper. Not only does He inform them of the betrayal, He also let's them know that He knows the one that will do it. For He says to Judas, the one He knows that will be tray Him, “What you are about to do, do quickly".
Having been aware of His betrayer, even when He chose him as one of His 12 disciples, Jesus still loved Judas. Jesus also taught Judas along with the other disciples the ways of the kingdom and He still broke bread with Him.
With foreknowledge of all that was going to happen to Him, Jesus chose not to alter God's plan. But instead, He said "Father, not my will, thy will be done".
Immediately following the last supper, Judas, His betrayer, gets up and leave the table that night. Judas set out on his mission to betray Jesus. Satan had entered Judas heart and He was ready to fulfill satan's plan for His life in betraying Jesus.
Have you betrayed or accepted Jesus? Where do you stand on this morning? You have heard the Gospel and you have seen one miracle after another performed in your life. Are you convinced? Or, are you deceived? Where do you stand concerning Jesus on today?
Jesus declares these words in Luke 11:23 - Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me.
Jesus predicts His betrayal. Are you the one to betray Him?
God bless. I love you all with the love of Christ.