Matthew 26:20-21. “Now when the even was come, He sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, He said, Verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray Me.”
I can imagine that in the first few seconds after Jesus made this startling statement, there was a thick and uneasy silence.
Betray Him? What? How could that be? Who among these dedicated men who had followed Him for three years would even think of such a thing? No, it wasn’t possible!
But they had learned that Jesus never spoke an unneccesary or false word, and their astonishment turned to great sorrow. Who? Who was the one who could not be trusted? Who among them would do such an evil thing?
And I can imagine them lying their, reclining on the couches that were customary, looking a Jesus and trying not to look at each other. Sideways glances, downcast eyes, perhaps angry eyes, perhaps fearful eyes.
One pair of eyes, though, must have glanced furtively at each of the other disciples, already knowing that the deed was in play, and wondering what his consequences would be.