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 softening
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 this matter.
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?