Greetings, brothers and sisters. Today's passage continues the troubling lead up to Christ's death. While there were many physical horrors that Jesus would endure later, those came after emotionally wrenching times as the very people with whom Jesus lived and worked would demonstrate how bereft of goodness they were, and none more clearly than Judas. Yet keep in mind that Jesus, even knowing what was to come, still demonstrated love to Judas through serving him, both by washing his feet in yesterday's passage and by serving him food in today's passage. Let God’s word today challenge you to live out radical love.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 13.21-30 ]
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 at Jesus' side, 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?”
_ What was the emotional and spiritual state of Jesus at this time? (v21)
_ What was the disciples' natural reaction to Jesus' statement? (v22-25)
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 moneybag, 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.
_ How did Jesus answer the disciples' questioning? (v26)
_ In our Gatherings, we remember this Last Supper weekly with a dipped morsel of bread. Think about what that represents and re-read v26. What was Jesus giving to Judas?
_ To whom was Jesus speaking in v27?
_ What did the rest of the disciples mistakenly think Jesus was saying? (v28-29)
_ What did Judas do? (v30)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ Jesus knew what Judas would do, and yet still loved him by serving him. Think of those who have harmed you or desire bad things for you. How can you follow Jesus' radical lead and show them love?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)