Today’s study is significant in that, it shows how one of the twelve disciples of Jesus (Judas Iscariot) sought to betray him by making a secret deal with the chief priest for thirty pieces of silver if he delivered Jesus to him. Now on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread His disciples asked him where they should prepare for him to eat the Passover. He sent them to a man in the city who prepared a place for them and that evening they sat with Jesus to eat the Passover. While eating, Jesus mentioned that one of them was going to betray him. They were all sorrowful and asked which of them would it be? Jesus said the one who dipped his hand in the dish with me”. He continued to say that the son of man goes as it’s written of him and woe unto him that betrays him, It was better he was not born”. As they ate, Jesus blessed the bread, broke it and gave his disciples calling it his body, likewise the cup to drink and called it his blood which is the New Testament. He told them how they will be offended as he will be taken away but will rise again and go ahead of them to Galilee” but Peter answered saying he will not be offended. Jesus replied him that he ( Peter) will deny Him three times that night before the cock crows.
In our daily living and within our inner circle of friends or family/ associates we may experience betrayal at some point, do not be dismayed or vindictive rather know that it’s working out God’s purpose in your life. Difficult situation occurs for a purpose, and all things will eventually end in your favour. God has planned it all that we be remitted of our sins and a chance to live a brand new abundant life without sin in Christ Jesus
I am a partaker of the New covenant in the blood of Jesus! Betrayal will not hinder my purpose; I will focus on God’s agenda for my life. Offense will not make me deny Jesus.
Reading – Matthew 26:14-35
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Last Supper
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[b]
32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.
- Matthew 26:28 Some manuscripts the new
- Matthew 26:31 Zech. 13:7
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.