So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.-John 13:25-26
Tensions were growing. Their celebratory dinner had taken an unexpectedly dark turn. Someone in their group was a traitor, but they still didn’t know who or what the betrayal would be.
At Peter’s prompting, John asked Jesus for the betrayer’s identity. Jesus’s response was clear. He wanted them to see how the betrayal fulfilled prophecy. Psalm 41:9 predicted “He who ate my bread, lifted his heel against me.” At dinner, Jesus had called the broken bread his body. I wonder, when Jesus shared the bread with Judas, was he communicating, “This is my body broken because of you” or “This is my body broken for you”? Perhaps both.
Jesus, before you came in the flesh, you knew that you would be betrayed. Jesus, if I am honest, I also have betrayed you; I have lifted my heel against you. Thank you for forgiving my betrayal by offering your body for me. Amen.