Mark Has Some Good News, Part 63, Take And Eat Not Take And Understand
Judas to Betray Jesus
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
The Passover with the Disciples
12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?" 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us." 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, "Is it I?" 20 He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born."
Another hard chunk of scripture to chew on. How do we reconcile an all knowing God, a God of perfect love and a disciple who would betray a man he left his life to follow?
Your first question is going to be "Why" along with "But" and a few "It's" but the Jesus who knew before birth he would be betrayed and knew why he came and knew why we sin, still showed his followers his disciples what he was going to do.
The lords supper is not something that a person who doesn't know God or doesn't want to Know God; will ever understand. We can identify its symbols but understanding is beyond us.
It's because of love.
Love make's no rational sense. It's a hard thing to grasp, a knowing sacrifice with intended betrayal and certain pain. Spend too much time on this verse and you'll end up questioning God or questioning Judas both positions firmly placed in Gods will and perfect plan for us.
But it is in that plan that we find ourselves being asked to take and eat, to partake in what is freely offered but expensively gained, with no more reasonable context than God so loved the world.