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Jesus Was Deeply Troubled and Testified…One of You Will Betray Me
“Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me” (John 13:21). With these words we enter into the opening stages of Jesus’ final suffering and passion. We are called into that kind of prayer we call meditation here. We are invited into the mind of Jesus, aware that one of his beloved Apostles is going to betray him. Betrayal. There are few emotional realities that are more painful. To be turned on by one that you have loved and opened yourself to in profound friendship, hurts us to the core. This is what Jesus is experiencing at this time. In his full humanity, he is experiencing the pain of this upcoming betrayal and the fears of the suffering that is to come. Things are beginning to heat up, things that will lead Jesus, eventually, to the cross. We are entering into the final three days of his life with us here on earth. His mission’s purpose is about to be fulfilled, but it will not be easy. There will be levels of suffering that we can not even imagine. And he will willingly and humbly endure this suffering, in accord with his Father’s will, in order to reveal the true depth of God’s love and concern for each and every one of us, and to accomplish his mission. It was through this suffering and death that our salvation was made full and complete. We can also enter into the minds of the Apostles in our imagination here. What would it have been like for them to hear this from the one whom they had loved and followed so earnestly these past three years of his public ministry? We can imagine those who were truly innocent of this charge,…