17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'”
19 And the disciples did as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.
21 And as they were eating, he said, “Honestly, I am telling you, one of you will betray me.”
22 And they were very distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”
23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.
24 The Son of Man goes like the writings predict he will, but tragedy will come to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
25 Judas, who was going to betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have spoken.”
the curse of omniscience
We can take courage in life from the fact that we do not really know what is going to happen. We can always hope for the best, even in trying circumstances, because we know no better. It is a blessed ignorance. But Jesus had no such blessing. He knew everything about his future. He knew where he was going to have Passover, and he knew who was going to betray him. He knew that he was only days away from a horrible, violent death at the hands of a cruel bunch of soldiers, and a vicious mob.
But Jesus faced that knowledge with boldness and calm. He not only faced the threat of death, but the absolute assurance of its certainty. And he did it for us, not himself.
LORD, thank you for taking the cup of suffering and death – for us.