December 17 | BETRAYAL
John 13:21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, 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 Iscariot, son of Simon.
27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, 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 Feast, or to give something to the poor.
Jesus’ betrayal by Judas is clearly evident to us through the Scriptures. But it wasn’t clear to His very own disciples. The closest of friends and companions to Jesus, yet in His final days they did not think the betrayal would lead to Jesus’ death. Look at the context, verses 22 & 28. The disciples seem to think betrayal meant denial (considering Peter’s rooster crowing situation).
Haven’t we all inadvertently denied Jesus by clamming up, being ashamed to speak His name around non-Christians? While we can’t betray Jesus to His death…our betrayal would be walking away from, speaking against and rejecting Him, which would lead to our death.
Let’s respond by thanking God for drawing and keeping us close to His heart. For revealing Himself to us! Let’s also pray for those in our lives who are rejecting, betraying, walking away from Jesus. For their spiritual hearts and eyes to be opened, sensitized and drawn to commune with Jesus.