- John 13:26-30
- John 13:26 (KJB)
- Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have
dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas
Iscariot, the son of Simon.
- Sop - Small piece or morsel of bread dipped in water or other liquid for
- The type of bread which was normally made and eaten in the middle east
was that of a hard flatbread which would routinely be eaten after it was
dipped into water or another type of drink to soften it. Jesus had told John
that He will identify him by means of giving him a sop which would be equal
to giving the best piece of meat at a banquet. Jesus dipped the bread and
then gave it to Judas who accepted it. He probably did not know that he was
being pointed out as the betrayer of Jesus. Judas was the only one among
them who was not a Galilean and was probably a citizen of Kerioth which was
in the southeastern part of Judea.
- John 13:27 (KJB)
- And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That
thou doest, do quickly.
- Immediately after Judas was given the sop, Satan had entered into him
and began to guide his disciple in betraying the Lord. Jesus knew exactly
what was going on and knew that this betrayal had to take place. Jesus then
instructs him that if he is going to betray Him, then he needs to do it
quickly. The divine timetable was now in operation. Judas needed no
prompting because no doubt he smelled the opportunity to make some money in
- John 13:28 (KJB)
- Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
- Since the conversation was kept very quiet, no one at the table knew why
Jesus had spoken to Judas in that manner. Jesus knew that it was better to
keep the conversation low because if they found out that Judas was the one
who betrayed, there would probably have been much uproar at the last supper
and they may have harmed Judas. They were basically unaware that Judas had
to betray Jesus to begin the salvation plan of God as found in Isaiah 53. If
Jesus did not go to the cross, then there would be no salvation.
- John 13:29 (KJB)
- For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus
had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the
feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
- They had thought that since Judas had the money bag that Jesus had
dispatched him to buy some more supplies for them for the Passover since it
was to last for eight days or he was to make a gift to the poor. They still
did not know at this time what was happening. They were probably used to
seeing Judas dispense money out of the treasury for many different purposes
and they thought that this one was no different than in times past. They
were about to have a rude awakening.
- John 13:30 (KJB)
- He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
- Judas knew that Jesus knew it was he who was to betray the Lord and he
wasted no time in executing his treachery. He went immediately out the
moment Jesus told him to do his evil quickly. The sun had set and darkness
now ruled the night which would become the most evil of all nights but the
end of the matter would blossom the glory of God and salvation for all true
believers. The soul of Judas was in darkness and the prince of darkness was
in him. Judas walked with Jesus for three years and now at this moment, his
true nature has revealed itself. I wonder how many people there are in
churches who are unsaved but pretending to be a Christian whose treachery
hits a zenith at a certain point and then causes great havoc in the church?