18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’
19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
Jesus had his opposition in the Pharisees, who were the teachers of the Law. Perhaps they were trying to trap Jesus on a weekly basis and only a few instances were recorded in the Bible over the three years of his mission. They accused him of being the prince of demons and continued to test him on scripture, whether it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath and whether to stone the adulterous woman. Each time he was tested, he passed with flying colours. He was never rattled by the pressure and he stood his ground.
When Jesus is with his apostles, who were close to him for three years, he was troubled in spirit. The Pharisees didn’t bother him, but it was troubling to be betrayed by someone close to him. Jesus loved all of the apostles and had Peter, John and Andrew as his inner circle. His unconditional love meant that nobody could guess who was going to betray him. They were all at a loss as to who it would be. Even when the bread was given to Judas, nobody suspected it would be him. This calls us to watch our lives so that we aren’t betraying Jesus with our actions.