Jesus and the disciples were gathered together for the Last Supper. While they were eating, Jesus was “troubled in spirit” and then made this rather solemn pronouncement:
“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me — one who is eating with me.”
The disciples were saddened and stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to Jesus. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
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. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
(Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:21-30)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He again refers to himself as the “Son of Man” — the long-awaited Savior prophesied hundreds of years earlier (see Daniel 7:13).
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Never ever ever even think about turning your back on Jesus no matter how much the world offers.
If you do it would be worse than if you had never been born.
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