The Betrayer Identified

26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 29 For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.
30 Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

John 13:26–30 (NKJV)

In this passage, Jesus makes it clear who will betray Him to the authorities. As He dips the bread and hands it to Judas, He is simply confirming what He–in His omniscience–already knows about the disciple whom He chose to follow Him. He even told Him to do what he must do quickly. This gave Judas the impetus to go forward into the path that he must. Sometimes we endure pain to do the will of God. Sometimes we must accept that others will do bad things to cause that pain in order to see God’s will completed. While neither is desirable, they are sometimes necessary. Walk in the path God intends: pain or joy, increase or lack, love or hate. Jesus showed us the way. Even if your friend betrays you, know that God is in control of your life and you are in His hands. Trust Him.

Artwork from https://wellspringchristianministries.org/tag/john-1326-27/

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