Today’s Bible Reading:
Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
18“I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’ 19I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I am the Messiah. 20I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me.”
21Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!”
22The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. 23The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. 24Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 25So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?”
26Jesus 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. 27When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” 28None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 29Since 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. 30So Judas left at once, going out into the night.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31As 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. 32And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. 33Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
36Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”
And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”
37“But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”
38Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.
Verse of the Day:
Yes, Jesus knows about the betrayal. He’s hinted before and we read it again here. In today’s scripture reading, he points out that Judas is indeed the one and that he should go and do what he is going to do. One of his own, betrayed.
Have you been betrayed by a friend? Jesus has too.
His betrayal led to death.
The time is at hand and we see Judas head off into the night.
Jesus takes this opportunity to share with the disciples that things are about to happen – very quickly. What lesson is most important to share with them? Love.
Love each other, just like he loved. This love will prove who they are!
And then – as if we haven’t seen enough disappointment from within those closest to Jesus, we find that another one of his own will not even claim that he knows Jesus.
Peter – the one that says he is ready to die for Jesus – not once, not twice, but three times will say that he doesn’t even know this man.
It’s all so hard to believe, isn’t it?
What surprises you most about this turn of events?