Maundy Thursday - The Separation of Judas

Date: 4/18/2019
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The Gospel of Judas (ca 280 AD)
The Biblical Character of Judas (John 12:3-6; Luke 22:47)
The Separation of Judas (John 13:25-34)

John 13:25–30  He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, *said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus then *answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He *took and *gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him. 29 For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night. 31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32 if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

AUGUSTINE observed the “parable” of Judas leaving the Last Supper: “The unclean [i.e., Judas] went out; the clean remained with the one who cleanses them. This is how it will be when the tares are separated from the wheat. “The righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Our Lord, foreseeing this, said this when Judas went out, as if the tares were now separated and he was left alone with the wheat, the holy apostles. “Now is the Son of man glorified,” as if to say, Behold what will take place at my glorifying, at which none of the wicked shall be present; none of the righteous shall perish. . . . And so, the Lord makes use of the words “Now is the Son of man glorified” in order to indicate that, in the completed separation of that arch sinner from their company and in the remaining around him of his saints, we have the foreshadowing of his glorification when the wicked shall finally be separated and he shall dwell with his saints throughout eternity.” (TRACTATES ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 63.2.24, ACCS: Joel C. Elowsky, eds. John 11–21. vol. 4b of Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. ICCS/Accordance electronic ed. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007).

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more