Day 20

Events in and around the Last Supper…

John 13:18-30 NIV84

“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.’

“I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

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.”

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 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 Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

“What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, 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 Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

What did Jesus know was going to happen? 

Why did He share it with the disciples? Did the disciples understand?

Even though Jesus revealed the truth behind what was about to happen the disciples did not grasp the reality of the situation. Why do you think that was the case? Have you ever had a spiritual truth revealed to you and when you tried to share it with someone else they could not understand? Or have you had someone explain something to you that didn’t make an impact until much later? How do these situations make you feel?

Father God, help me trust Your perfect timing when it comes to imparting spiritual truth and understanding — to me and to others. You want each of us to experience it in the way that it will have the greatest effect for Your kingdom purpose.

For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6 NIV84

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