Summary: A sermon about the dealings of Jesus and Judas at the Last Supper (3 sources; 1) Christology class 2) The Longest Night by James E. Smith 3) Outline from Bob Russell at: http://bobrussellsermons.org/judas-who-betrayed-him?filter_name=Judas)
Benedict Arnold was once a respected name in America. He was a general in the Revolutionary Army. He was a friend of George Washington. For approximately $20,000 Benedict Arnold betrayed his country and surrendered West Point to the British. No one wants their child named Benedict in America since that time. By far the worst betrayal was by Judas against Jesus.
The crucifixion of Jesus was not an afterthought of God. Since the Jews rejected him, then God came up with Plan B. No way! The main reason that Jesus came to earth was to be, as John the Baptist said, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29. We find that Jesus knew a lot about the details of the plan to provide atonement for mankind.
Last time we talked about the events of the days before the Passover where Jesus died. On Sunday it was the Triumphal Entry where Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and the people were saying, Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna to the Son of David (reference to Messiah)!
Monday and Tuesday Jesus was teaching in and around the Temple in Jerusalem. Wednesday we have no record of Jesus doing anything that day, probably resting.
Last time we also mentioned that Judas Iscariot, a few days before Thursday evening, went to the Jewish religious leaders and conspired with them to betray Jesus.
Some say that Judas was a scapegoat and that he was predestined to betray Jesus. That is the reason he was born they say. Not true, because we find that throughout that evening, Jesus offered Judas many opportunities to abandon this conspiracy and to repent of this sin. Jesus knew Judas’ plans and he wanted Judas to change his heart and actions.
Thursday night and Friday morning has been called the longest night in the Bible. Same amount of time like other nights, but so many important words were spoken that night, so many important events took place, that it must have seemed the night would never end.
This night is where many things came to a head, to a climax. Jesus orchestrated the details of that evening to allow himself time to with his disciples before his passion.
Focus on John 13:
John 13:2- Because of this Jesus used a “secret code” to direct Peter and John to the location when he sent them to make preparations for the Passover. “Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.” Luke 22:8-13, NIV. This was done so that Judas did not know where this Passover was going to be. Only Peter and John knew beforehand where they were meeting.