One of You Will Betray Me

I say to you, one of you will betray Me

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One of You Will Betray Me
JOHN 13 BIBLE STUDY
John 13:5-14 Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
John 13:15-20 A servant is Not greater than his Master

John 13:21-30 One of You Will Betray Me

John 13:31-38 God is Glorified
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 began to look at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

What does the disciples being "perplexed" (John 13:22) when Jesus said, "One of you will betray me" (John 13:21) tell about Judas Iscariot?
The disciples had spent three 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 the church 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 church leadership.

JOHN 13:23-25  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?”

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 as if facing an audience (photo). 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.

JOHN 13:26-27  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.”

To whom did Jesus say, "What you do, do quickly" (John 13:27)?
Since Satan had "entered" (John 13:27) Judas, Jesus said it to Satan as well as to Judas.

What does this mean?
Jesus wasn't killed by Satan but used Satan's scheme 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, see Spikenard)

JOHN 13:28-30  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.

Did the other disciples hear John’s question, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:25), and Jesus’ answer to him in John 13:26?
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).

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