Matthew 26:17–25 (ESV)
The Passover with the Disciples
the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time
is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is
it I, Lord?” 23He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for
that man if he had not been born.” 25Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
This is a powerful passage against Judas who will betray Jesus. Especially when Jesus himself states “but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
I don’t know if you have ever thought of it this way, but this statement can be a strong statement against hell. It would be better to not to have been born than to go to hell. Judas walked with Jesus, ate with him, witnessed the miracles…
and yet he betrayed Jesus Christ. It is important for us to stay focused on Jesus and to not get distracted by the ways of the world. I hate to say this… but many are going to church for the wrong reason. I am not making a judgement
of who is saved and who is not saved, because I am not the Judge and I can see their hearts. But we know that the Church Militant (the church here on earth) is filled with believers and nonbelievers. Jesus said many will call me Lord, Lord…
but depart from me you cursed ones. Judas died outside of faith, and it is sad. It is also sad that some in the church are not saved as well. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Jesus celebrates the Passover with His disciples,
even as He warns Judas against betraying Him. In the same way, God warns us daily not to yield to sin and thus betray Him. He also invites us to partake of fellowship with Him, as Christ did with His disciples at the Passover, freely offering His forgiveness.”
I pray: Lord Jesus, forgive my betrayal, and strengthen me to follow You. Amen.