John 13:21-30 – The heart of betrayal

My sermon notes for Sunday, April 8th as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


John 13:21–30 – [21] After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” [22] The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. [23] One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, [24] so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. [25] So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” [26] Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. [27] Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” [28] Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. [29] Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. [30] So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.



From foot washing to betrayal. From serving to betraying.  We see the true heart of Jesus and then we see the true heart of Judas.  From verses 21-30 we see the heart of betrayal from the heart of Jesus and the heart of Judas.


John 13:21-30 – The Heart of Betrayal


Troubled in Spirit

  • 11:33, 12:27
  • The betrayal
  • Judas ultimate destiny
  • The anguish of Calvary


One of you will betray me

  • The personal aspect of Judas
  • Walked with Jesus. Witnessed all the miracles, signs, and ministry of Jesus.
  • Was called by Jesus. Jesus washed his feet.


It is He whom I will give this morsel

  • Jesus knew from the beginning. 6:64, 70
  • It was part of God’s purpose and plan. ALL THINGS ARE PART OF GOD’S PURPOSE AND PLAN.


Satan entered him

  • Judas had known he would betray Him. Matthew 26:14-16
  • He was at the point of no return.
  • All the opportunities have passed. HARDENED HEART 12:40
  • He has lived with Christ for 3 years, ministered with Christ, seen the miracles… YET, would not embrace Him for who he was.
  • He wanted Jesus on his own terms.  Just like the religious leaders.


What you are going to do, do quickly

  • Even Satan had entered him, Jesus was the one in charge. He did not compel Judas to do it.
  • Jesus knew the destiny of this night.
  • His betrayal, arrest, trial, and execution


After receiving the morsel, He immediately went out

  • He left here, but 12:5 was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back for Judas.
  • Judas fooled everyone. No one knew he was going to do what he was going to do.  He lived life like a true disciple, but his heart was full of selfish ambition and deceit.
  • Peter would make a mess of things, but His heart was right. Because his heart was right he was able to grow and mature. (The longer Judas lived with a wicked heart the more treacherous his life became.


And it was night

  • The darkness of evil and sin.
  • Compared to the LIGHT. 1:5, 8:12, 12:35


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