Unlimited: One of You Will Betray Me
Apr 9, 2021 382
When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me” (Mark 14:17–19, NIV)?
During the Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus made an extraordinary announcement.
For the disciples, to be openly in Jerusalem with Jesus meant that the fulfillment of all their dreams was at hand. Jesus soon announced himself as the promised Messiah-King, defeated his enemies, and then, when Jesus finally sat on the throne of David, they would all have their reward.
But the announcement that Jesus made suddenly and dramatically changed the mood in the room.
It was an intimate setting. As was common in that culture, they didn’t sit on chairs at a table to eat. Instead, Jesus and his disciples reclined on cushions on the floor, shoulder to shoulder.
At the start of the meal, Jesus dropped a bomb-shell. He told his disciples that one of them will betray him. The disciples were shocked and incredulous. They simply could not imagine such a thing. One by one, they denied that it could ever be them. Even Judas, the betrayer, denied it.
Perhaps only one of them actually betrayed him, yet within a few hours they all abandoned him and ran away.
How you respond when your life takes a drastic detour shows your true character?
The disciples were all sure that they were strong and that they would never betray Jesus, but he knew that they were about to get the shock of their lives.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: We all have shocks and detours coming up in our lives. How are you preparing for when they come? Where are your weakest in your faith and trust?