When it was evening, Jesus came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” Mark 14: 17-18
This unforgettable verse of course refers to the Passover meal, or Lord’s Supper, where Jesus sat down for a final time with the twelve disciples, and uttered this astounding prediction of impending deceit.
Needless to say, the twelve men were stunned to hear this, (at least perhaps eleven of them, anyway), and immediately began to deny any personal involvement in such treachery. In fact, Jesus went on then to proclaim that “woe would come to his betrayer and better that he had never even been born . . .” The culprit Jesus referred to was indeed Judas Iscariot, who later in a fit of remorse hung himself.
So what were Jesus’ reasons for stating out loud to his disciples what he already knew to be fact, and the eventual heart-breaking and tumultuous outcome? Was it possible that when it was all said and done, and when the dust had settled, that he wished for the twelve to be able to look not only back, but forward, and accept his word as the true Gospel?
After all, just as Jesus breathed his last on the cross, and the surrounding skies had become black, the temple curtain was rent in two from top to bottom, and even the previously taunting Roman centurion at the foot of the cross declared in awe, “Truly, this was the Son of God . . .”
All in all, these incomparable and fascinating events leading up to Easter make for some of the most gripping and powerful narrative a Christian could even want to read or digest. Just take it from someone who has not even scratched the surface when it comes to scripture, and what is truly the greatest story ever told . . .Prayer: Dear Beautiful Savior, we will never be able to express in human words or deeds our appreciation of your divine gift. Please hear our prayers of hope regardless, and continue to shine your grace and living light upon us . . .
Stephen Lynn Meyers