“I don’t refer to all of you when I tell you these things, for I know the ones
I’ve chosen—to fulfill the Scripture that says, ‘The one who shared supper with
me treacherously betrays me.’ I am telling you this now, before it happens,
so that when the prophecy comes to pass you will be convinced that I Am.
“Listen to this timeless truth: whoever receives the messenger I send receives
me, and the one who receives me receives the Father who sent me.”
Then Jesus was moved deeply in his spirit. Looking at his disciples, he announced, “I tell you the truth—one of you is about to betray me.”
Eyeing each other, his disciples puzzled over which one of them could do such a thing. The disciple that Jesus dearly loved was at the right of him at the table and was leaning his head on Jesus. Peter gestured to this disciple to ask Jesus who it was he was referring to. Then the dearly loved disciple leaned into Jesus’ chest and whispered, “Master, who is it?”
“The one I give this piece of bread to after I’ve dipped it in the bowl,” Jesus replied.
Then he dipped the piece of bread into the bowl and handed it to Judas, the locksmith, the son of Simon. And when Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus looked at Judas and said, “What you are planning to do, go do it now.” None of those around the table realized what was happening. Some thought that Judas, their trusted treasurer, was being told to go buy what was needed for the Passover celebration, or perhaps to go give something to the poor. So Judas left quickly and went out into the dark night to betray Jesus.
After Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the glory of God
to surround the Son of Man, and God will be greatly glorified through what
happens to me. And very soon God will unveil the glory of the Son of Man.
“My dear friends, I only have a brief time left to be with you. And then
you will search and long for me. But I tell you what I told the Jewish leaders:
you’ll not be able to come where I am.
“So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much
as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you
by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.”
Peter interjected, “But, Master, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going you won’t be able to follow, but one day
you will follow me there.”
Peter the Rock said, “What do you mean I’m not able to follow you now?
I would sacrifice my life to die for you!”
Jesus answered, “Would you really lay down your life for me, Peter?
Here’s the absolute truth: Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will
say three times that you don’t even know me!”