Reflections on the Betrayal of Jesus Christ
According to the book of Matthew, as Jesus and the twelve were observing the Passover meal, this conversation took place:
20 And evening having come, he was reclining (at meat) with the twelve,
21 and while they are eating, he said, ‘Verily I say to you, that one of you shall deliver me up.’
22 And being grieved exceedingly, they began to say to him, each of them, ‘Is it I, Sir?”
What would be our response?
Two chapters previous to this, Jesus said the following, of later days, days to come:
9 and ye shall be hated by all the nations because of my name;
10 and then shall many be stumbled, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray;
12 and because of the abounding of the lawlessness, the love of the many shall become cold;
13 but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved;”
Have you read this? Would you be “grieved exceedingly,” saying, “Is it I, Sir?” knowing this clear statement that many among those who believe he is the Christ will be led astray, and their love grown cold because of the abounding of lawlessness?
“Is it I, Sir?” Does it concern you? That you may be among the “many” who have been led astray by that which is false, as the Lord Jesus prophesied? Does it grieve you exceedingly, the prospect? Do you seek to endure, not by churches, but by the Spirit, by Jesus’s words, by aggrieved prayer that you may truly endure to the end, in true faithfulness to Jesus, and not to man? Even the twelve were worried they might be the one to betray him, unbeknownst to them, sitting at the Passover table with Jesus.