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8th April 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 08 April 2020

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal

21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another; uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot


John 13:21-26


I suspect most of us have had an experience of betrayal, at least at a minor level. Perhaps you caught a supposed friend gossiping about you or something? And I have heard some harrowing tales of marital breakdown, which can leave a spouse devastated and deeply hurt

Even so, most of us will not really know the kind of betrays that Jesus goes through, above. Judas – a beloved member of his circle, one trusted with the cash for the group, literally goes and sells Jesus to the Chief Priests. We can never really know why Judas does this – maybe for money, maybe for jealousy of others among the disciples, who knows? What we do know is that he realises the enormity of what he has done and eventually goes and hangs himself in shame

Perhaps the most remarkable thing in the story, though, is the clarity with which Jesus knows who it is that will do this deed – and yet he loves Judas, just as much as ever. In an act that purports friendship and high regard, he shares his feast with Judas, handing him a morsel

We are asked today to consider our own friendship with Jesus: are we the constant friend? Or are we the disciples who run away, or even, like Peter, deny Jesus by our words or actions? In our own dusty corners of my heart I know there are times of which I am ashamed – but the truth is that Jesus still offers us, like Judas,  a trusted place at his feast – and loves us to the end