Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”
So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”
And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”
So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”
Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.
Remember… This command/request is given frequently in the scripture. It is important to remember what the Lord has said and done. Remember.. our copy of scripture comes from those who remember with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Remember… We celebrate thanksgiving to remember what the Lord has done for us. Remember.. The Lamb whose blood was shed for our sins, who went willingly knowing what he must suffer. Remember…
The betrayal… they were a closely knit group and did not truly know each other. He knew and now so do we. He knew the consequences and now so do we. Betrayal – to give into the hands (of another); it is used here and yet we know he went willingly. This act was unnecessary. To give; in this case Judas gave knowledge of where Jesus was, it was not in his power to give Jesus to the guards, Jesus went willingly. What Judas gave was his knowledge of where Jesus was and which of the men gathered there was Jesus. Judas gave away his knowledge. This knowledge allowed harm to come to Jesus. This knowledge was used to attempt to silence and eliminate Jesus. Are we ever guilty of betrayal? Do we trample on, attempt to silence the Word of God? There were consequences for this act;” …woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”… Judas could no longer live with the knowledge of what he had done. This is an act that betrays the love one states they have and makes it a lie. What is our take away? Remember… and always act in genuine love, avoid bringing harm to another.