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And they hear, "South."

And they hear, “South.”

In John 13:18-29 we find a very strange occurrence. Jesus tells the whole lot of disciples that one of them will betray Him. In fact, He tells them twice. (18, 21) They all murmur amongst themselves doubting whom it might be. (22) None of them believed that any one of them would betray Jesus. All seemed to have confidence in one another mostly, and in themselves most of all as they look upon one another to analyze those around the table. So, Jesus tells them they have a traitor amongst them and none of them believe it, certainly none believe it of themselves.

Amazingly, the entire table of disciples seem to ask Jesus whom the betrayer is in verse 22. In verse 24 Simon Peter specifically asks, as does John in verse 25, for a name, specifically who among us disciples are you talking about? Jesus gives them an answer with a specific sign attached. Then in verse 29 we find how effective the deceiver is as everyone makes excuses for Judas’ departure.

When we think about what is happening at the Last Supper, every one there except Judas saw Jesus as the Messiah. At this time, their ideas of what He would do to free Judea are certainly wrong, but they saw Jesus as the Messiah. They believed He was the very Son of God. They did not believe He had to die for them taking all sins upon himself for all mankind. They did not believe He had to live again to provide the hope of resurrection in His person, to prove He had power over death and Hell and Satan. They were not saved because they did not believe in Jesus. They could not see many things including the fact that Jesus, God, will choose those whom enter His Kingdom and He will even choose unbelievers to further His will, to complete His mission, to accomplish the Fathers desires.

How often do we see this in our lives. We are warned of a serious circumstance, but we don’t listen, or we do not give the warning credence. We are told specifically what will happen, yet we ignore this warning, we give it little thought or we simply think it is too confusing to contemplate. We look at others, knowing we could never be the culprit, and we question the loyalty or honesty of others. Instead of looking at our own spirit, analyzing things introspectively, we look at others. We are told specific signs of destruction, of betrayal, of wickedness, of worldliness warning us of sin and things we should be mindful of, to stay away from them and we ignore them. Then we wonder why we get into trouble, why we face the challenges we face. All too often we may blame God, but it is really our fault.

Disciples that walked, talked, ate meals, listened, prayed, worshiped and spent almost every moment of every day of His earthly ministry with Him. All that and they still did not listen to Him. We should strive to not imitate their example here. We should learn from it to attend to the finer guidance God gives us in His word.