John 13: 26-27.
Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
When the disciples wanted to know who would betray Him, Jesus answered that it would be the one to whom He gave a piece of bread dipped in wine.
How the tension must have mounted as He broke off a piece of bread, dipped it into His wine, and quietly handed it to Judas.
Can you imagine? I think there was utter and complete silence during this exchange. Often, silence is far more dramatic than a lot of noise!
I wonder what Judas was thinking when Jesus handed him the wine-soaked bread. Was he shocked that Jesus knew what he had already begun? Was he ashamed? Was he angry? Afraid? Maybe all of the above, all influenced by his greed. Thirty pieces of silver was a lot of money, and you can bet he wasn’t planning to put it in the “general funds” category in his ledger.
The Bible says that “Satan entered into him.”
I believe that Jesus captured Judas’ attention completely, eye to eye, and saw Satan in Judas’ eyes. “What you are going to do, go right now and finish it.” He was speaking to Judas, but He was also speaking to Satan. He knew very well who His enemy was.
It’s almost as if Jesus had said, “Get ‘er done,” in our vernacular. He knew what was coming, and knew that it was time. No more delay.
Yes, a lot of drama in those few moments.