“One of you will betray Me!”

Scripture reading for April 23rd:  John 13

Loyalty is a valued trait in friendship or marriage.  We like to know that those we are closely associated with will be faithful to us and have our back.  The Bible states that those who have been given a trust must be faithful.  (1st Corinthians 4:2)  Jesus chose twelve disciples to share the ministry and become His apostles.  One of them proved unfaithful!

Jesus had gathered His disciples together in the upper room for the Passover meal.  To set an example of servant-leadership, Jesus had washed each of His followers’ feet.  He showed them that the path to greatness was through serving.  After He had done this, Jesus became troubled in His spirit saying, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray Me.”  (John 13:21)  This surprised the disciples and wondered which one of them it might be who would do such a thing.  Peter boldly had John ask Jesus which one it was.  “Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.””  (John 13:26)  John records that Jesus gave the bread to Judas Iscariot and immediately Satan entered into him.  He took the bread and went out into the night to quickly do what he had planned–betray Jesus for some money!

None of the disciples even suspected Judas and examined their own hearts.  Judas had been seated close to Jesus in a position of honor.  He was the treasurer of the group and was entrusted with their ministry funds.  But Jesus knew what was in Judas’ heart and to help the others believe, identified Him before the betrayal.  We must all search our hearts and allow Jesus to speak to us about our own loyalty!

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