Jesus Unmasks The Betrayer
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 13 April 2017
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. 28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
1 John 2:19
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
nmasking Judas’ betrayal must have caused deep anguish to Jesus (cf. v. 21). In His anguish, He said, “One of you shall betray me.” It must have been difficult for the disciples to fathom that one of them could have such treachery in his heart. John says that they began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking (cf. v. 22). And Judas, the hypocrite, even said, “Is it I, Rabbi?” (Matt 26:25).
If Jesus had ever treated Judas any differently from the way He treated the other disciples (if He had been more distant or had shown resentment), they would have known immediately that Judas was the betrayer. But evidently for three years He had been gentle, loving, and kind to Judas, treating him in exactly the same manner He treated the other eleven.
The hatred of Judas and the love of John make an interesting contrast. John often referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (21:20,24). Peter motioned to John to ask Jesus who the betrayer would be. So John whispered, “Lord, who is it?” “Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon” (v. 26).
It was a mark of honour for the host to dip a morsel into the sop and give it to the guest. Jesus, in a kind gesture of love toward Judas dipped the morsel and gave it to Judas. It failed to break his heart. Judas was an apostate; he never had embraced the Lord with true faith. Judas had been flirting with Satan. Now Satan moved in and took over. Jesus’ attitude toward Judas immediately changed. He was through with him. Judas had crossed the line of grace, and there was no more opportunity for him. Notice that Satan and Jesus were now giving Judas the same direction. There he went, a solitary figure, leaving the room, to enter the eternity of hell.
Those who reject Christ’s love are lost forever.
O bless me with Your grace to serve You faithfully to the end.