The gospels are silent about Jesus’ activities on Wednesday. They say he withdrew to rest. It is understandable as Thursday Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples, prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, arrest and trials. On Wednesday, the plot against Jesus is fully revealed and acknowledged by Jesus at the Last Supper the next evening.
“Then one of the Twelve- the one called Judas Iscariot- went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” The very next evening Jesus gathered the disciples in the Upper Room for their Passover dinner and this next scene occurred. “When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.” Matthew 26: 14-16 and 20-25
Have you ever wondered how Judas could have been with Jesus for 3 years and not understood His omniscience? Jesus told of things to come, raised Lazarus from the dead, healed many and offered eternal life in His name. How could Judas feel he could ‘get away’ with doing something, looking for an opportunity to betray Him, without Jesus knowing about it? After all this time, Judas still did not believe Jesus was the Son of God. He did not understand He had come to save and cleanse believers. The disciples did not understand Jesus’ mission or purpose in coming and after Judas left them Jesus spent time trying to explain and reassure them of the future. Judas was not included in that Upper Room discourse because he lacked the essential element needed-faith. He did not believe Jesus was who He said He was. Peter answered Jesus question as to who He was in Mathew 16:15-16 “But what about you,” Jesus asked. Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” To be present with the Lord in the Upper Room, the disciples needed to have faith and Judas did not believe so he was sent away.
What about you? Who do you say Jesus is? Is He your Savior and Lord or just a good teacher? Do you think you can do things in silence and God won’t know? Judas was sent away from the inner group when Jesus revealed His true purpose and had an intimate sharing time with the disciples. Would you be sent away or would you be invited to stay? Know Jesus today and believe so you are invited to be with Him now and for eternity.
Sitting at the table with Jesus,