Betrayal of Jesus
portion of scripture Jesus was troubled because he knew what was going to
happen. To the other disciples his demeanor did not make
sense. They did not understand. Some think that giving the
dipped bread to Judas was equivalent to saying 'the honored guest will
betray me'. After Judas ate the bread Satan entered into him.
Jesus' instruction to him was do what he was going to do quickly.
The others still were guessing at what Jesus meant. They thought it
might have had something to do with money since he was the keeper of the
money bag. A little side not from John
12:6 tells us that Judas, as keeper of the money bag, stole from it
for himself and was a thief.
of chapter 13 deals with Jesus explaining what was about to happen
which was not well understood by the disciples. However, in
order to prepare them and the church to come after His death resurrection
and ascension he gave them a new commandment. They are to love
one another as he had loved them. All the 'loves' in verse 34
are agape loves. This agape love will be the identifying characteristic
that world will know that you are my disciples.
13:34-35 - "A new commandment I give to you, that you love
one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one
another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."