After sunset he came with the Twelve. As they were at the supper table eating, Jesus said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators, one who at this moment is eating with me.” Stunned, they started asking, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it?”
He said, “It’s one of the Twelve, one who eats with me out of the same bowl. In one sense, it turns out that the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense, the man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!”
Source: Mark 14:17-21 (The Message)
When Jesus says he has something hard but important to say I am guessing it is time to pay attention. Something is going on here. I’m not sure I see it all but I can’t ignore this important message “from our sponsor”. Jesus doesn’t pull any punches. Breaking news!
Jesus knew. Jesus knew the new covenant (aka testament, agreement or contract) was being executed and fulfilled. Jesus, as the Messiah, knew that the Kingdom of God was being ushered in. Jesus had already been anointed. It was real to him. Jesus intentionally launches the ritual of holy communion to permanently embed it into the disciples. Jesus is still doing the same today.
Jesus knew everything. There is not a thing that escaped his attention.
Jesus knew who would be the one to betray him and turn him in. Jesus knew Judas would do it for money. Knowing this, Jesus had essentially made him Treasurer of the ministry. “For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor.” John 13:29 (NASB)
Jesus knew, when he selected him as a disciple, that Judas would betray Him. “Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.” John 6:70-71 (NASB)
The Disciples are stunned. Jesus alerted them that this was important. Is it me they ask? Uh Oh. Panic hits the team. Jesus clarifies for everyone that this is the way it has to be. The scriptures predicted it all. Imagine sitting there hearing all of this. Jesus would have much more to say. I’m sure their minds were on overdrive trying to comprehend what was about to happen to Jesus.
It raises a great question. Am I ready for what Jesus is going to say to me? Jesus knows me. Jesus has a goal and plan for my life. I flounder around confused and stunned. Jesus is calm and offers me rest and peace. Can I relax?