One of You Will Betray Me

I say to you, one of you will betray Me

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JOHN 13 BIBLE STUDY
3-20 Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

21-38 One of You Will Betray Me

JOHN 13:21-22  21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” 22 Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

What does the disciples being "perplexed" when Jesus said, "One of you will betray me" (John 13:21) tell about Judas Iscariot?
The disciples had spent 3 years, day and night, with Judas but couldn't recognize him as the betrayer even after Jesus said, "One of you will betray me." His charade had been good enough to fool everyone except Jesus.

Are there betrayers of Christ in churches today?
Many, and some of their charade is as good as Judas'. The only person we can and should trust completely is Jesus, whose Word must be used to qualify the words and the actions of everyone, including those in leadership.

JOHN 13:23-30  23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. 25 Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 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.

Who is "one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23)?
John, who wrote this Gospel.

What was he doing "leaning on Jesus' bosom" (John 13:23) and "leaning back on Jesus' breast" (John 13:25)?
Contrary to the depiction by a famous Medieval artist, the Last Supper wasn't eaten by thirteen men sitting on one side of a long dining table while facing an audience. For communal meals like this one, everyone sat on the floor, around the food, leaning on their left elbow with their legs stretched out behind them, and ate with their right hand. This meant that each person’s head was just in front of the torso - "bosom" or "breast" - of the person to their left. Jesus was to the left of John. Peter, who sat far away, "motioned" John to ask Jesus, "who it was of whom He spoke" (John 13:24), so John leaned back to ask.

Did the other disciples hear John’s question and Jesus’ answer to him?
Most likely not, since "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." (John 13:29)

To whom did Jesus say, "What you do, do quickly" (John 13:27)?
Since Satan had "entered" (John 13:27) Judas, Judas was under Satan's possession, so Jesus was speaking to Satan as well as to Judas.

What does this mean?
Jesus wasn't killed by Satan but used Satan's attack and Judas' betrayal to bring about His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus was in full control of everyone involved in His crucifixion, down to the timing of their involvement.

When did Judas begin to betray Jesus?
The first time he stole from "the money box" (John 12:6).

JOHN 13:31-33  31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. Ye will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, ye cannot come,’ so now I say to you.

Why does He say “Now" the "Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him" (John 13:31)?
Since those who will arrest Him had been sent for, the trap had been sprung.

How much longer is "a little while longer" in John 13:33?
Jesus would be on the cross within twelve hours.

JOHN 13:34-38  34 A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this all will know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love for one another.” 36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.” 37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” 38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

How will people recognize Jesus' disciples?
By their "love for one another" (John 13:35).

What is Peter saying by, "I will lay down my life for Your sake" (John 13:37)?
That he is willing to die for Jesus.

Is is easier to die or to live for Jesus?
For those who will go to heaven upon death, dying actually may seem easier than continuing to live in this sinful world. But until the One who laid down His life for us calls us to heaven, we are to live for Him.

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