twelve was going to turn against him (John 6:70; 13:10, 18), but now
he says plainly, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray
me” (John 13:21). His words take the disciples by surprise, and they
cannot imagine who within their ranks could possibly be the betrayer.
They are confused, and most of them fail to suspect Judas even when he
leaves to complete his betrayal.
The prospect of betrayal hits Jesus hard. The disciples can see his
anguish. He offers Judas a piece of bread as a gesture of friendship,
but the very moment that Judas takes the bread into his mouth, Satan
possesses him. Judas fully and happily submits himself to the will of
Satan and to the plan of betrayal that he had been contemplating for
so long (John 10:2).
When Judas leaves it is night; not only has the sun set, but he has
left the light of Christ to embrace the darkness. At the beginning of
this book, John said of Christ’s ministry, “The light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:5). Like so
many others in Jesus’ day and ours, Judas failed to understand the
light that was right in front of him. Make sure that you are not like