“You will believe that I AM the Messiah” - because you will see I knew of this beforehand. Most of us think the other disciples knew or suspected Judas of betrayal. In fact John was not very charitable toward him in John 12:6, but seemingly, without cause. None of the disciples at the table suspected Judas in the least. [13:22, 24, 25, 28] But remember Jesus is He, Who knows what is in a man’s heart. Jesus not only knows what’s in Judas heart but also what’s in Peter’s. (13:37-38).
This passage also marks the first time John uses the term “the disciple Jesus loved” when referring to himself. [See also 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20] This disciple Jesus loved is often privy to information only a few disciples know and clearly shares a close relationship with the Lord. He is one of the inner circle [Peter, James and John] who frequently are involved when the others are not.
Note also John’s themes of “Glory” and “love” continue as well as the theme of a Messiah destined to die. What sort of Messiah is that? The best kind!
The other noteworthy item we need to pick out before we leave this chapter is John 13:30 “So Judas left at once, and it was night.” John also has a light // darkness-night theme. Remember Nicodemus came to him at night and Judas leaves in the night. This also fits into John’s theme of growing opposition that we have noted before. John makes it clear this opposition now has got so close as to involve even the members of inner circle. That’s right it can happen to anyone.
Some of you have asked me why I don’t elaborate on “this” or “that”. The simple reason is that I am not using the Bible Gems as a platform to preach to you. They are Bible Gems, nuggets of Scripture rather than little sermons or sermonettes. I share them simply to encourage you to dig into the Word for yourselves. There is treasure to be found when you pay attention to detail at the macro level and the micro level.
The true test of life giving love is when we are prepared to give our best with no guarantee of return. Paul de Jong
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. Regina Brett