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...None of the twelve disciples actually understood FULLY the mission of Jesus on Earth at this point in the life of Christ. That would come during the forty days and nights after the resurrection. Judas, in particular, did not realize that Jesus knew of his betrayal. When judas asked the question posed by Jesus' statement of having been betrayed, "...Master, is it I?" Jesus answered "Thou hast said." Matthew 26:25 Judas, blind to every aspect of his action of betrayal, was what we might call today "slow on the uptake." He did not leave the meal that was the first day of the feast of unleavened bread--the Passover. For moments later, as the disciples were eating, "...Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "...take, eat; this is my body." Matthew 26:26 Thus, the symbol of Jesus' vicarious death... The washing away of the sins of all mankind... Judas was oblivious to the entire process; the possessor of an illgotten gain--thirty pieces of silver. And he partook of the Last Supper... An object lesson for all who have hearts bereft of love...
Yes, Judas Iscariot partook of the Lord's Supper. The gospel accounts do not indicate any other explanation. Of course I'm aware of that cult which denies members to partake of this critical communion meal, claiming that it is for the 144,000 only who will rule with Christ. But looking at Paul's reprimand at 1 Corinthians 11:30 shows that everyone, including greedy ones, were partaking. All Christians should take part, to "proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" 1 Corinthians 11:26. The Lord's Supper ritual is not for the righteous, it is for every Christian. Bless.
When reading the account of the last supper in both Matthew 26:26-30 and Luke 22:14-23, it appears that Judas does join in the Lords supper. In Luke 22:19-20 Jesus distributes the elements, and then in Luke 22:21, He says "But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Me on the table." This is similar to His words in Matthew 26:23 when Jesus says "He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me."
It would appear that after reading John 13:27, 'And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.', that Judas departed the Last supper before the passing of the wine when Jesus made the statement in Matthew 26: 27, 'And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for a many for the forgiveness of sins." No! I do not think Judas was there for the complete Supper, as he had to round up the Sanhedrin and this would have taken up some time. What puzzles me is whether Judas repented of his evil doing by suicide.
Judas was present to celebrate the passover, and then was dismissed prior to Jesus instituting the Lord's eventing meal. Last Night With Jesus: In spite of having turned against Christ, Judas continued to associate with him. He gathered with Jesus and the apostles on Nisan 14, 33 C.E., for the celebration of the Passover. While the Passover meal was in process Jesus ministered to the apostles, humbly washing their feet. Hypocritical Judas allowed Jesus to do that to him. But Jesus said, “Not all of you are clean.” (Joh 13:2-5, 11) Jesus also stated that one of the apostles there at the table would betray him. Perhaps so as not to appear guilty, Judas asked if he was the one. As a further identification, Jesus gave Judas a morsel and told him to do quickly what he was doing.—Mt 26:21-25; Mr 14:18-21; Lu 22:21-23; Joh 13:21-30. Immediately Judas left the group. A comparison of Matthew 26:20-29 with John 13:21-30 indicates that he departed before Jesus instituted the celebration of the Lord’s Evening Meal. Luke’s presentation of this incident evidently is not in strict chronological order, for Judas had definitely left by the time Christ commended the group for having stuck with him; that would not fit Judas, nor would he have been taken into the “covenant. . . for a kingdom.”—Lu 22:19-30.
If you compare all four accounts of the Lord’s Supper, you will find that only John 13:27 speaks of Judas leaving with John 13:31 being the start of the Communion model. Mathew 26:25 identifies Judas as the traitor with the Communion starting in verse 26. Since Matthew omits the fact that Judas left, one can assume that there was an interval between verses 25 and 26 when Judas left. The same applies to Mark 14:20 (traitor dips) and 14:22 (communion starts). Only Luke’s sequence of events would allow Judas to be present during communion. However, Luke’s sequence not only does not agree with the other three Gospels, Luke does not record that Judas ever left the scene. This forces one to conclude that Luke, who was not a witness to the events, was only interested in recording topical points and not necessarily interested in their sequence. Apparently his information source, who could have been another Apostle, was too busy to even notice when Judas actually left. Because only John speaks of Judas actually leaving (v.27) at a time before communion (v.31), it is my opinion that he got it right and Judas was not present when Jesus instituted the New Covenant.
In Matthew 26, did Judas receive the bread and wine with Jesus and the other disciples? Short answer is nope. Long answer. Matthew, Mark and Luke all identify the betrayer as Judas Iscariot. However, reading through the gospel passages it appears Judas partakes of the memorial supper, aka the Passover, but not the Last Supper, aka, the Communion Meal, as we know it today. The key is in Luke's writing style, as Luke writes by subject, rather than sequence. Look at Luke 2, which ends with John thrown into prison. Luke 3 begins with John baptizing Jesus. How could John baptize Jesus, while being imprisoned? John could not be in two places at the same time. Now, the gospel of John clearly shows that Judas left,immediately, after receiving the sop in 13:30 and declared gone out in 13:31. John 13 also clearly shows the 11 remaining disciples, see Judas leave the table. The gospel explains what they presumed. Later, in John 18:3, Judas reappears. How could Judas partake of the communion, when he was gone out,after receiving the sop? Just as John the baptist could not be in two places at one time, neither could Judas be in two places at the same time. Otherwise, why tell us Judas arrived in John 18? This means that John expands and clearly explains the transition between the Passover meal and the Last Supper cited in the other three gospels. How do we know this? Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11 that on the same night he was betrayed. Jesus preached from John 13-18:3, ON THE SAME NIGHT, while Judas was gone out. Judas could not be in two places at the same time. Paul confirms John's expansion of Matthew and Mark's brevity, and addresses the seemingly contradiction in Luke's synopsis. What are we to do today? Be not as Judas and omit taking the Lord's Supper. Be faithful and take the elements as Jesus commanded, in remembrance of Him, not in remembrance of the night, as some do, but in remembrance OF HIM, who is our passover lamb. To not take of the elements is tantamount to having no part of Christ as he mentioned in the feet washing sequence, of which Judas did take part. Jesus plainly taught that if you deny me, not taking the elements, I will deny you before my Father. Finally, be mindful that Peter took the elements, yet denied Christ 3x, fulfilling the prophecy of Christ. Be humble and let the work Christ be preeminent. The way I see it, you have two choices: 1 Deny Jesus by not taking the elements of the table and place yourself in the position of Judas, as a betrayer, or 2 Take the elements of the table and recognize Jesus as your Lord and Savior. What will you do?
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