One of You Will Betray Me

John 13:21-30 

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas,the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

One of You Will Betray Me

The troubling of Jesus’ spirit in the upper room (v. 21) was simply the firstfruits of the agony he would experience later that same evening in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36–46). Earlier in his Gospel, John shared the legend of the healing waters of the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–17). When the waters were “stirred up” (5:7; the same word translated “troubled” in 13:21), healing was reputedly given to the first person who stepped in (see ESV footnote on 5:3). With Jesus, salvation is not merely reputed but is guaranteed for all who trust in him. All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Notice the stark contrast between John, the disciple who leans against Jesus’ side (13:23), and Judas, the disciple who betrays him unto death. Only sovereign grace can explain the difference.

*These devos are taken from Crossway's, ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.