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Bible Reading: 13th May 2015

John 13.22

22 The disciples looked at one another, being perplexed about whom He spoke.

The disciples had lived together for approximately three years, enough time for them to get to know each other quite well.

In September 1968 I entered Surgeon’s College along with fourteen other men. We were together for 4 years, and during that time we got to know each other quite well, since most of us lived in College. Naturally all of us formed closer links with some than we did with others, but we still had a fairly good knowledge of each other.

It was probably more so with the disciples. No doubt some of them formed different relationships and were closer to some than they might have been to others. Judas was amongst them, and he was generally known to be a thief (John 12.6).

Yet they did not suspect him of being capable of betrayal. Indeed it would seem that none of the disciples suspected each other.

All we know is what John has recorded, which is that they were perplexed.

We can only imagine what they would have been thinking individually.

Mark tells us that one by one they said to Jesus: “Not I?” (14.19). They were naturally keen to hear their Master clear their name. None of them would have wanted to think that they could be capable of betrayal.

It is a very sad fact that there are times for us all when we may be uncertain as to how we will react under pressure. We hear and read a lot about Christians in various parts of the world who are going through unimaginable persecution, some of whom face death. As I write one hundred and forty eight students at the university in Garissa, in Keyna have just been killed. They were Christians. They were killed because they could not quote verses from the Koran.

We must continually pray for our brothers and sisters who face such trials and tribulations. We must also pray for one another that we will also be steadfastly loyal to Jesus when faced with various types of pressure.

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