Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

When the Romans wanted to capture Jesus they paid one of his trusted followers to betray him. Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus’ disciples. The Romans arranged for a signal from Judas. He would identify Jesus by kissing him in the Garden of Gethsemane. In return for this bet … More

Betrayal

The Feast of the Unleavened  Bread  began the fifteenth day of the first Jewish calendar Month (our April) and continued for seven days (Leviticus 23:4-8). This, along with the one-day feast of the  Passover, was sometimes called “the Passover” and stands for the entire observance (vv. 1-2). Keep in mind that all Jewish men were required to be in Jerusalem for the Passover feast, followed by a seven day festival called the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lk. 16:16). Jews from all over the Roman Empire converged on Jerusalem to celebrate this important event.

The religious leaders were afraid of the people but were still looking for a way to get rid of Jesus (v. 2). Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas (v. 3). Judas solved their problem for them when he guaranteed to deliver Jesus to them privately so there would be no uproar from the people (vv. 4-6). This was one of Jesus twelve disciples that had  preached the same message and performed the same miracles as the other eleven. It just shows how close a person can come to knowing Christ and still be lost (Matthew 7:21-29).

Even during these final days of preparation for His death, Jesus was doing miraculous things. He told Peter and John to look for a man carrying a jar of water and to follow him to where their Passover meal would be eaten (vv. 7-13). It would have been easy to recognize a man carrying a jar of water because it was usually the women who carried the water from the wells to their houses.

Application

Have you ever felt betrayed by someone that you felt close to? If so, what was your reaction? I need to realize that men will disappoint me, but the Lord never will.

Luke 22:1-13 (English Standard Version)


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