John 13:18-35- “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.
31 When he had gone out, Jesus then said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in Him God is glorified. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself and will immediately glorify Him.
33 “Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me. And as I said to the Jews, so now I tell you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’
34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus had spent 3 years preparing His disciples for the journey ahead which sill definitely be filled with persecution and possibly death.
Jesus not only chose these disciples, but He loved them also. He spent days and nights with them on land and sea, teaching them the things of God and the ways of God.
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 Jesus inform them of the betrayal, He also let's them know that He knows which one of them that will do it. For He says to Judas, the one He knows 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 and allowed him to be one of His followers.
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 and 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, not realizing that he was fulfilling old testament prophecy.
Does Jesus already know if you will receive or reject Him? Yes, He knows all things about
Where do you stand on this morning concerning a personal relationship with Jesus? You have heard the Gospel and you have seen one miracle after another performed in your life. Are you convinced that He is the "Son Of God" who came to die for your sins? Or, are you still being deceived that He is not who He says He is?
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 by your denial of Him?