Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.
Betrayal -- the very word brings images into our mind. We think of personal betrayals, political betrayals, and Benedict Arnold. Images of despicable contrary behavior, unimaginable hurt and pain flood our minds and make our hearts weep. But in the final analysis, no one, no action, is a deeper betrayal than what Judas did. Scripture reports to us that even Judas came to recognize this when he confessed he had "betrayed innocent blood" and went out and committed suicide.
"One of you will betray me." Jesus makes this announcement to the disciples gathered for their last meal together, seemingly out of the blue. He has given the order and made the arrangements for the Passover, the disciples have gathered around the table, and then he says this. We should carefully note that the scripture tells us that the disciples as a group felt sorrowful and began to ask him and one another, "Is it I?"
"Is it I?" Now there is a question worth pondering. At the time the disciples had no idea which one of them would be the betrayer. In hearing the Lord's words they each knew that it could be "me." They all knew that they were completely in the dark about what was really going on. They all knew in the depths of their own hearts lurked covetousness, ambitions, jealousies, and even well-intentioned but wrong ideas about what Jesus should or should not do or be about. All of them, all of us, harbor things within our being which, when expressed, would be a betrayal of Jesus and his kingdom. Do not kid yourself, be realistic as these disciples were -- I could be a betrayer of my Lord.
The remarkable thing -- the amazing thing, the glorious thing -- is that Jesus, knowing his band of betrayers, his nation of betrayers who killed the prophets and those sent to bless them, continues in the task his Father has appointed for him. Jesus continues down the road to die for these very people, who in the depths of their hearts know they could be a betrayer. Jesus' love for all of us is simply divine and beyond human comprehension in this realization.
All that is left for us to do is to "thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true."
Remember Whose you are, and that he died and rose for you!