What Jesus Did! 'One of You!' — Mark 14:20

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jesus answered, "The man who is against me is one of you twelve. He is the one who dips his bread into the same bowl with me.
— Mark 14:20
Illustration of Mark 14:20 — Jesus answered, "The man who is against me is one of you twelve. He is the one who dips his bread into the same bowl with me.

Key Thought

How sad Jesus' words must have been to the apostles when they first heard them. How sad these words must have been as they remembered them. What a powerful reminder to us of our ability to falter and to let our Lord down. Our church, our fellowship of believing friends, will always have a "Judas" in our midst. In fact, most of us have let the Lord down and betrayed him at some point in our lives. Thank God that he is forgiving. Thank the Lord Jesus that he paid the price to ransom us back from our weakness, hypocrisy, betrayal, and failure. Let's use our time at the Lord's Table each week to remind us of the price of our forgiveness, of our vulnerability to letting the Lord down, and of the opportunity we have to live passionately for him. Most of all, let's remember that we can begin again, fresh and forgiven, and must not let Satan win the battle when we falter. Let's get back up, ask for the Lord's forgiveness, receive his cleansing, and faithfully live for his glory in the future.

Today's Prayer

LORD of all heaven and earth, my Abba Father, please help me to trust in your forgiveness and the Holy Spirit's power so that I will not be crushed by my failures and sins. Instead, as you cleanse me, please empower me to live vibrantly and faithfully for you. This is my heart's desire. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

It was now the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread. This was the day when the Jews killed the lambs for the Passover. Jesus' followers came to him. They said, "We will go and prepare everything for you to eat the Passover meal. Where do you want us to have the meal?" Jesus sent two of his followers into the city. Jesus said to them, "Go into the city. You will see a man carrying a jar of water. The man will come to you. Follow that man. That man will walk into a house. Tell the person who owns the house, 'The Teacher asks that you show us the room where he and his followers can eat the Passover meal.' The owner will show you a large room upstairs. This room is ready for you. Prepare the food for us there." So the followers left and went into the city. Everything happened the way Jesus said. So the followers prepared the Passover meal. In the evening, Jesus went to that house with the twelve apostles. While they were all at the table eating, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. One of you will be against me—one of you eating with me now." The followers were very sad to hear this. Each follower said to Jesus, "Surely I will not be against you!" Jesus answered, "The man who is against me is one of you twelve. He is the one who dips his bread into the same bowl with me. The Son of Man will go {and die}. The Scriptures say this will happen. But it will be very bad for the person who gives the Son of Man {to be killed}. It would be better for that person if he were never born." While they were eating, Jesus took some bread. Jesus thanked God for the bread and divided it. He gave the bread to his followers. Jesus said, "Take this bread {and eat it}. This bread is my body." Then Jesus took a cup of wine. He thanked God for it and gave it to the followers. All the followers drank from the cup. Then Jesus said, "This wine is my blood. My blood (death) begins the new agreement {from God to his people}. This blood is given for many people. I tell you the truth. I willnot drink this wine again until that day when I drink it in the kingdom of God and the wine is new." All the followers sang a song. Then they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Mark 14:12-26

Related Scripture Readings

We heard the true teaching from God. Now we tell it to you: God is light (goodness). In God there is no darkness (sin). So if we say that we have fellowship with God, but we continue living in darkness (sin), then we are liars—we don't follow the truth. God is in the light (goodness). We should live in the light, too. If we live in the light, then we share fellowship with each other. And when we live in the light, the blood (death) of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. (Jesus is God's Son.) If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess (admit) our sins, then God will forgive our sins. We can trust God to do this. God does what is right. God will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done. If we say that we have not sinned, then we are saying that God is a liar—we don't accept God's true teaching. My dear children, I write this letter to you so that you will not sin. But if any person sins, we have Jesus Christ to help us. He is the righteous (good) One. Jesus defends us before God the Father. Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And Jesus is the way that all people can have their sins taken away, too.

1 John 1:5-2:2

Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are {living} in the faith. You know that Christ Jesus is in you. But if you fail the test (are not living in the faith), then Christ is not living in you.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Brothers and sisters, a person in your group might do something wrong. You people who are spiritual should go to the person who is sinning. You should help to make him right again. You should do this in a gentle way. But be careful! You might be tempted to sin, too.

Galatians 6:1


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.

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