The following text is a compilation of scripture from every Gospel synchronizing the events of today’s text taken from “The Merged Gospels” #249 / Jesus Foretells His Betrayal MT 26:21-25, MK 14:18-21, LK 22:21-23, JN 13:21-30
(Location – The Upper Room in Jerusalem, Passover, 30 AD.)
When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit. And as they were sitting at the table, and as they were eating, He said and testified, “Truly, truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me. But behold, the hand of the one who is betraying Me is with Me on the table, eating with Me.” Then the disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. And they began to be deeply grieved. And each one of them began to say to Him, one by one, “Surely not I, Lord?” And He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve. He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me.” For indeed the Son of Man is to go, just as it is written, (and) just as it has been determined of Him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would have been better for that man if he had not been born. And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing. And there was one of His disciples whom Jesus loved, reclining on the chest of Jesus. Then Simon Peter gestured to this one, to inquire to whom He was referring – of whom He spoke. And that one leaned back on the chest of Jesus, and responded to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Then Jesus answered, “When I dip the morsel, it is the one to whom I will give it.” And having dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, of Simon Iscariot. And Judas, the one who betrayed Him, answered, and said, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said it.” And after the morsel, then Satan entered into him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” And none of those sitting at the meal knew why He said this to him. For certain (ones) were thinking, since Judas had the bag, that Jesus said to him, “Buy what we have need of for the feast,” or that he might give something to the poor. Therefore, having received the morsel, he immediately went out, and it was night.
Immediately after this … Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them.” (Luke 22:24, NLT)
Today we will tackle the topics of betrayal, treachery, and pride. These ugly traits can be found in both sinners and saints, believers, and unbelievers. For in this text, we will see the intent of Judas the betrayer as well as the pride of the rest of the apostles.
Lord help us to walk in the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the flesh.