To understand a Bible passage, it can help to put yourself into the story. I do that sometimes. When I read this passage, let me be ANYONE but Judas! Imagine his sinking feeling when Jesus says, “But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Does Judas try to wiggle out of his betrayal by asking, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Can you imagine looking into the eyes of Jesus – the eyes of God – as he woefully responds, “Yes, it is you”? I don’t believe I could hold his gaze. My heart just sinks at the thought of Jesus looking at me – the sadness and love in his eyes. The disappointment He must feel after the time we spent together.
Oh, I don’t want to see those sad eyes focused on my face! I want to live to please my Lord. I know there are times I disappoint, fall short of His best for me. My selfishness gets in the way of what I should do or say. Those are my “Judas” moments. I pray to serve Him well, for my desires to become less “mine” and more His. For “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their prayer.” (1 Peter 3:12). Those are the eyes I yearn to see!
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 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. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
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?”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.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me. They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 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.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
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.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.