“Betrayed and Denied”
John 13:21-38 We all must choose and understand the consequences.
The first observable item in today’s text is the humanity of Jesus. It says He was, “troubled in spirit”.
1. The source of this trouble was the reality of betrayal. _____________________________
2. This display of human emotion and empathy in suffering has been played out multiple times in John’s Gospel”: _____________________________________________________________
Matthew relates in 26:21 that after this news became common knowledge all the disciples were questioning themselves: “Lord, is it I?” ______________________________________
John relates this from His inside position. As the disciples are reclining at the table John is right next to Jesus, virtually leaning against Him (verses 23-25) and Peter signals to John.
The dynamics of this meal: ______________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________ Verse 25, “and having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon”. Jesus offers the bread to Judas and this is the great moment of truth. John left out the preface to this meal that Luke was faithful to provide: “When the hour had come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Luke 22:14-15
God knows the heart. Judas takes the bread and Jesus tells him, “What you do, do quickly.” So the text in verse 27 says, “after the piece of bread, Satan entered him.” I turn here to the great expositor and theologian Alexander McLaren and his thoughts on this verse: “When our Lord gave the morsel, dipped in the dish, to Judas, only John knew the significance of the act. But if we supplement the narrative here with that given by Matthew, we shall find that, accompanying the gift of the sop, was a brief dialogue in which the betrayer, with unabashed front, hypocritically said, ‘Lord! Is it I?’ and heard the solemn, sad answer, ‘Thou sayest!’ Two things, then, appealed to him at the moment: one, the conviction that he was discovered; the other, the wonderful assurance that he was still loved, for the gift of the morsel was a token of friendliness. He shut his heart against them both; and as he shut his heart against Christ he opened it to the devil. So ‘after the sop Satan entered into him.’ At that moment a soul committed suicide; and none of those that sat by, with the exception of Christ and the ‘disciple whom He loved,’ so much as dreamed of the tragedy going on before their eyes.” The text McLaren refers to is Matthew 26:23-25.
The Lord invites all humanity wtih 3 invitations and we must make a choice concerning each one.
1. Come to Jesus – trusting in Him for salvation
2. Follow Jesus – learn to walk as He walked (discipleship)
3. Abide in Jesus – life by the Spirit, old things have passed away, behold all things are new.
The text reveals that the disciples are confused and filled with doubt so Jesus uses the time to teach them a new commandment. In the midst of our distress it is always good for us to be able to refocus on mission and purpose. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (verses 34 & 35)
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