Mark – The Facts.
In teaching, sometimes you have to give a speech to the whole group for a wrong someone did and explain why it is wrong in detail. This happens when you don’t know exactly who did it but you generally know who is suspected. Every time, the “good ones” will come to me after the speech and ask timidly, “Was it me?” or “I will do better.” This generally weeds out who the culprit really is. Our sin nature causes our guilt to be hidden as long as possible. Typically the one who is silent is the guilty one. You see it in their eyes.
Jesus gave his disciples a similar speech, weeding out his betrayer to the rest of his group. However, Jesus knew who the culprit was before Judas committed the act. Jesus always knows. Listen to the response of the other disciples…
Mark 14, The Message
12 On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the day they prepare the Passover sacrifice, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations so you can eat the Passover meal?”
13-15 He directed two of his disciples, “Go into the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him. Ask the owner of whichever house he enters, ‘The Teacher wants to know, Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare for us there.”
16 The disciples left, came to the city, found everything just as he had told them, and prepared the Passover meal.
17-18 After sunset he came with the Twelve. As they were at the supper table eating, Jesus said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators, one who at this moment is eating with me.”
19 Stunned, they started asking, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it?”
20-21 He said, “It’s one of the Twelve, one who eats with me out of the same bowl. In one sense, it turns out that the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense, the man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!”
Despite this verdict from Jesus, Judas continues to eat with the Master, sharing the same bowl! Think about it. Our betrayers are seldom our enemies, they are close friends or family. Judas is also served by the Master when he washed the disciples feet before the meal! (See John 13) What is going through the mind of Judas as he is served by Jesus, eats with Jesus and then is finally sent out by Jesus to do the deed of betrayal that was planned?
AND isn’t it interesting that the other disciples didn’t say, “It’s Judas!” but rather, “Not me, is it?”
What goes through our minds when we deny Christ in a crowd with our silence, betray him with our arrogance, pride and selfishness thinking we know better how to control our lives? Why do we sing songs of praise, love and adoration to God, then don’t love those around us? Is this a form of betrayal of all that is Christ in us? Not me…is it?
Dear Heavenly Father,
You remind us of our own sins and we repent. Forgive us for not speaking up when wrong is blatantly committed against Your Word’s commands. Forgive us for not being more gracious and merciful to others. I love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Help me to see and love others like You love me. Continue to transform me to be all you intended me to be. I’m yours. It’s not me. I am redeemed and I love to proclaim it!
In Jesus Name, Amen