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Jesus eats His last meal (at the start of the official Passover celebrations), knowing He will soon die, so He tells His disciples this, and that one of them will betray Him: Mark 14:1–2; Matthew 26:1–5; Luke 22:1–2;Mark 14:10–11; Matthew 26:14–16; Luke 22:3–6; Mark 14:12–16; Matthew 26:17–19; Luke 22:7–13; John 13:1–17; Mark 14:17–26; Matthew 26:20–30; Luke 22:14–30; John 13:18–30

Jesus had been with these 12 men for about three years. At this last meal, He told them He would die after one of them betrayed Him. Is it me? they all asked:

John 13:26-27 Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.’ And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him.

How could the other eleven not know what Judas was up to? It could be that the scene wasn’t as quiet and proper as we think, and more like this:

Brooklyn Museum: The Last Supper: Judas Dipping his Hand in the Dish (La Céne. Judas met la main dans le plat)

Brooklyn Museum: The Last Supper: Judas Dipping his Hand in the Dish. James Tissot

No da Vinci line of men sitting upright along one side of a long table, but a group of men lounging around. After all, John was leaning against Jesus at the time.

And once the disciples were reassured it isn’t me, they started arguing, again, about who would be the greatest. So Jesus told them:

Luke 22:25-26 In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

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