What Jesus Did! 'Love and Betrayal' — John 13:23-27

Saturday, September 15, 2018

One of the followers was next to Jesus and was leaning close to him. This was the follower that Jesus loved. Simon Peter made signs to this follower to ask Jesus who the person was that he was talking about. That follower leaned closer to Jesus and asked, "Lord, who is it that will be against you?" Jesus answered, "I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man that will turn against me." So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. When Judas took the bread, Satan (the devil) entered him. Jesus said to Judas. "The thing that you will do—do it quickly!"
— John 13:23-27 NLT
Illustration of John 13:23-27 NLT — "The thing that you will do—do it quickly!"

Key Thought

Part of me wants to shout at Jesus, "No! No! Stop him. You can stop him!" But, you see, he can't stop him. Jesus will not abuse his power to make Judas remain loyal. He has warned him. He has declared the truth. Judas must respond. Jesus won't trap him or overwhelm him or force him to remain loyal. Love must be offered voluntarily or it is not love. Following must be offered willingly or it is not discipleship. Jesus will not make us follow. He will not make us reject Satan's knock at the door of our hearts. We must choose Jesus because we have caught a glimpse of his love for us. Do you love Jesus enough to make that choice?

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, I cannot fathom the intricacies of grace, free will, pre-destination, and faith. I do understand, however, that you want my love to be a response from a heart of faith and gratitude. Better than I know myself, dear Father, you know that I offer you my heart willingly, without fear or question because of all you have done to save me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 4:2-7
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.