Summary: Describes how no one at the table can deny the fact that they have the potential to betray Christ
One of You Will Betray Me
by Juan Lane
Matthew 26:21-26:22 (KJV)
21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
One of you will betray me
Betray - Deliver to an enemy by treachery (word web definition)
How come no one at the table with Jesus could deny the fact that it was possible that they had the potential to betray Christ
It would have been different if he had said that all of them would have betrayed him then there would have not been any reason for discussion
Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
Not just a normal passerby but he was actually a familiar (Well known from long or close association) friend
This friend was trusted (reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.) by Jesus
It was not the bread or our bread but the bread belonged to David
In Europe bread is a very important. Bread is bought fresh daily. It is very tedious task to keep bread in a household.
When Jesus used the word verily
Verily - In truth; beyond doubt or question (word web definition)
He left no possibility of him saying something just for table conversation
Which brings me to an interesting point.
Did Christ laugh?
Did he joke around with the disciples?
Were there times that he said things to them that were not serious?
Truly I am led to believe that in order to fully relate to the men and have them to open up to him he had to have a side of him that was humorous
I for one am truly glad that if he did joke around that they did not write about it in the Holy Bible because many of us would say;
“There was no way that this could be the Christ. That wasn’t even funny.” Or “There was no way that Christ would laugh at such a joke as this.”
Many of us Christians have far passed the point to find anything funny or amusing
We never show that side to anyone in the public
Perhaps Christ would have times with his disciples that they would talk just for the sake of talking.
Nothing prophetic, nothing biblical just joking and light conversation.
Speaking of joking around. I would like to share a joke with you that was sent to me over the internet the other day. It is entitled “Don’t leave friends behind”
A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.
He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"
"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.
"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open.
"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked. "I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets."
The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been
closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and
reading a book. "Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"
"Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in." "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.
"There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand