And It Was Night

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. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. John 13:26-30

I don’t think the Disciples fully grasped the situation. Jesus had just exposed Judas as a fraud, a betrayer. They thought the best of Judas, but Jesus knew the truth in detail. He knew Judas’ character type.

I’m alwasy struck at the last sentence in this section: “And it was night.” It seems to capture the entirety of the situation. This would ultimately because a dark place in Jesus’ short ministry.

Out of the readers of this devotional, there’s bound to be one or more who are in the midst of darkness in their lives, whether it’s depression, a sense of worthlessness, or just a series of bad things in your life. If you’re able to talk with someone about it, please do so.

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