21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the money bag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast”, or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
It Was Night
We are to be children of the day. I have often stayed up through the night and sometimes it was for good reasons. I was part of a prayer vigil or was walking on a night hike. However, most times when I stay up all night it is for a bad reason. In other words I would be engaging in deeds that I wouldn’t want to do in front of other people. Perhaps the most common reason I would stay up all night was to play on a computer game. I would lust after more resources to develop my character in the game and I would mine those resources whilst other people were sleeping. In retrospect the whole process was futile, but I didn’t feel it at the time.
Judas was with the light of the world. He was in the inner sanctum. However, he wasn’t feeling it. Jesus had ceased to be a way for him to fulfill his dreams. Judas had the responsibility of being the disciples’ treasurer. How often, in modern times, have we seen the treasurer become enamored with the organisation’s resources and make off with the funds? These kinds of deeds are indicators of what it means to live in the night. No-one seemed to know what he was up to, but Jesus did. Jesus let him go.
Jesus, I see that I want to choose ease and comfort over you. Help me to see more clearly what it means to be a child of the day. Don’t let me go so that I would ever wander out in the night looking for mischief.
- What has Jesus just talked to the disciples about?
- How is Judas contrary to Jesus’ previous speech?
- Why was Judas in charge of the money if Jesus knew he was corrupt?
- What activities have you executed in secret that no-one could see?
- How do you maintain life as a child of the day and not the night?