Attention to Meditation

Friday, August 27, 2021

18-20 “I do not include all of you in this. I know precisely whom I’ve selected so as not to interfere with the fulfillment of this Scripture:

The One who ate bread at my table

Will stab me in the back.

“I’m telling you all this ahead of time so that when it happens you will believe that I am who I say I am. Make sure you get this right: Receiving someone I send is the same as receiving me, just as receiving me is the same as receiving the One who sent me.”

21 After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.”

22-25 The disciples looked around at one another, wondering who he was talking about on earth. Finally, one of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. Peter motioned to him to ask who Jesus might be talking about. So, being the closest, he said, “Master, who?”

26-27 Jesus said, “The one to whom I give this crust of bread after I’ve dipped it.” Then he dipped the crust and gave it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. As soon as the bread was in his hand, Satan entered him.

“What you must do,” said Jesus, “do. Do it and get it over with.”

-John 13:18-27 The Message.

Verse 18: “I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen,’ but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.’ 

Verse 19: From now on, I am telling you before it comes to pass so that you may believe that I am He when it does occur.

Verse 20: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

Verse 21: When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I tell you, that one of you will betray Me.

Verse 22: The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss knowing which One He was speaking.

Verse 23: There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.

Verse 24: So Simon Peter gestured to him and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.

Verse 22 study: People in your life are in it for a reason. But the reason sometimes is not apparent. Some are in your life for a short time or a long time. Some are there to give you a life lesson or to be the backbone you need. Judas served the purpose of keeping the expenses, but he wasn’t an obvious betrayer. People in your life are not prominent either. We will have lessons to learn about people who enter your lives.

Verse 25: He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

Verse 26: Jesus then answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

Verse 26 study: This is Jesus’ way of singling out people. He singled out Judas by dipping the morsel and gave it to Judas. A morsel is a small piece of food, a mouthful. Do you single out people in your life? Is it a good or bad idea, and why? For me, it depends on the situation. There is a time and a place for it. I haven’t recall doing it. Singling out people can bring people down. But Jesus does it to identify a betrayal.

Verse 27: After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What do you do, do quickly.”

Verse 27 study: Let’s look at this from life’s perspective. You want something from Jesus so bad that you pray, and then start doing things to make what you wish a dream come true. The patience stops there. The problem is that God got other plans, and you feel that he abandoned you when you don’t get what you want or is not patient enough for the plans he has for you. These are misunderstandings, just like Judas had. He was trying to force Jesus’ hand to make him use his power to prove he is the Messiah. Judas didn’t understand Jesus’ mission, or he may not have believed he was God’s chosen one. We never know what God has planned if we don’t listen to him. Judas assumed everything about Jesus, and it’s the wrong one. Satan didn’t know Jesus’ death is part of God’s plan, which is why patience and meditation are needed to hear him and understand where he is taking you. Amen?

Father, thank you! You are good to us. Let us continue to hear you and have the patience to continue to follow you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!