John 13:21–30 (ESV)
One of You Will Betray Me
saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is
he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you
are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something
to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
The last thing the disciples expected was to have any of them to betray Jesus. This thought was the
farthest thing from their minds. Yet, Jesus breaks the news to them. They look at one another in bewilderment. For once, Simon Peter keeps his mouth shut, maybe from being speechless, and motions for John to ask Jesus who is the betrayer.
John asks, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answers “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” Jesus doesn’t beat around the bush, he dips the morsel and hands it straight to Judas. I’m
sure Judas was horrified, but saw it coming. He would not have seen this coming, but he just became personally aware that Jesus knows all things, even all his sins. I’m sure Judas might have even felt betrayed by being exposed. The
scriptures then state that “Satan entered into him.” This is not the first time Satan entered Judas Iscariot. Luke states: 3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away
and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.” This
took place before the Lord’s Supper where in today’s reading, we see Satan entering during the Lord’s Supper. These are two different events. Jesus knew about both of them because he knows all things. Remember, he is God.
I think Judas should be a reminder to us today that we may paint a picture on the outside, but Jesus knows what’s on the inside. This is why it is important for us to repent of our sins... Take them to the Lord! In the Lutheran Church, we
have a corporate Confession and Absolution at the very beginning of the Divine Service, where we openly confess that we have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of the Lord. This is how we all should approach our Lord in worship.
I pray: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved
You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will
and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen. I thank you for your life, death, and resurrection for the forgiveness of my sins, Amen.