Message by Josh Mutter – April 7, 2023
21 Now Jesus was in great anguish of spirit and exclaimed, “Yes, it is true—one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. 23 Since I was sitting next to Jesus at the table, being his closest friend, 24 Simon Peter motioned to me to ask him who it was who would do this terrible deed.25 So I turned and asked him, “Lord, who is it?”26 He told me, “It is the one I honor by giving the bread dipped in the sauce.”And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.27 As soon as Judas had eaten it, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry—do it now.”28 None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 29 Some thought that since Judas was their treasurer, Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. 30 Judas left at once, going out into the night.31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “My time has come; the glory of God will soon surround me—and God shall receive great praise because of all that happens to me. 32 And God shall give me his own glory, and this so very soon. 33 Dear, dear children, how brief are these moments before I must go away and leave you! Then, though you search for me, you cannot come to me—just as I told the Jewish leaders.34 “And so I am giving a new commandment to you now—love each other just as much as I love you. 35 Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”36 Simon Peter said, “Master, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now; but you will follow me later.”37 “But why can’t I come now?” he asked, “for I am ready to die for you.”38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? No—three times before the cock crows tomorrow morning, you will deny that you even know me!
14 “Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. 2-3 There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly. 4 And you know where I am going and how to get there.”
1. Peter asks Jesus 3 questions.
2. How do we connect with the story of the cross? (by recognizing our sin)
3. How does Jesus respond? (with welcoming love)
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