In Biblical times, people generally reclined to eat at a low platform, resting on the left elbow and eating with the right hand. In that way, a man’s head was near the bosom of the person on his left.
- How do you think Jesus felt about Judas’ impending betrayal?
- Being the first to receive food was a sign of honour. How do you think Judas felt as Jesus reached out to him?
- How can you explain Satan ‘entering into Judas’ at that moment?
- Why did Jesus say “one of you” rather than identifying the traitor? How would you have felt if you had been at the table when He said that?
- The writer of Hebrews saw his readers being in danger of falling away from their Christian faith. Which of the three instructions given in chapter 12, verses 1 to 3 challenges you most this Lent?
- What has been your experience of betrayal? What can we learn from Jesus?
- Why do you think Psalm 70 was chosen to go with these readings?
Food for thought:
The writer of John’s gospel records “And it was night”. The door had closed. Judas under cover of physical and spiritual darkness would set in motion the evil forces that would provide for Jesus the ultimate test. The hour of His glory had now arrived!