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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 does not pull any punches. Breaking news!

And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the 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.” [1]

Source: Mark 14:17-21

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 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?

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mk 14:17–21). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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