Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 70 • Hebrews 12:1-3 • John 13:21-32

21 Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!”

22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean.23 The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 25 So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27 When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” 28 None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 29 Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. 30 So Judas left at once, going out into the night.

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once.

John 13:21-32 New Living Translation (NLT)


Now we begin to get into the heart of the passion narrative. John tells us about that night that Jesus was betrayed. He spends five chapters telling us how Jesus spent his final hours with his disciple. Chapter 13 begins with Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. And then we learn that one of the disciples will betray Jesus – and another will deny.

Have you ever been betrayed? It doesn’t feel good does it? Here is Jesus, pouring out his heart with those he had spent three years training, mentoring, discipling. Jesus heart is troubled, just like our hearts would be if we knew someone we loved would betray us. The disciples would ask, “is it me?” Jesus points out the person, simply by saying that the betrayer is dipping in the same cup as him. You can imagine Judas’ reaction when he finds out that he has been called out. Jesus tells him “Get busy doing what you are going to do.” The disciples were still unaware, thinking that Judas was going to get more food – but it would be from here that Judas goes and turns Jesus into the religious leaders.

To close let me share Michael Card’s song “Why?”

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