October 21st, 2016
Jumping to Conclusions Often Provides Faulty Assumptions
John 13:28-29 (KJB) Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
Jesus was speaking to Judas in a manner that could not be overheard by any other person near them. This was the scene as the events leading to the cross of Calvary began to unfold. Judas had risen from the table and was given precise instructions from God concerning what he was to do.
There no doubt, those sitting at the table who thought they knew for sure the details of this short conversation which had taken place between Jesus and Judas. Perhaps some assumed this short dialog had something to do with Judas being the one who held the bag of money and was sent on an errand by Jesus as the time of the feast was drawing near at hand.
This conclusion could have fit into the few details they had witnessed or overheard in the muted conversation between Jesus and Judas as Judas arose to leave from the meal. Anyone present who believed these events had anything to do with running an errand or giving money to the poor were far off base from what was about to take place.
How often do you and I witness an event or overhear part of a conversation and think that we have understood a situation completely? None of these men had any idea exactly what was about to happen.
Assumptions and conclusions often lead away from the truth of a given situation rather than knowing better a situation at hand. None of the disciples had any unction of what was about to take place this night changing their lives, and ours, forever.