...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

43. Some Questions About John's Version of the Last Supper

Jesus told Peter who it was would betray him:
the one to whom Jesus gave bread dipped in wine.

He handed it to Judas and told him to act quickly 
and nobody there knew why, not even Peter,

who'd just asked and just been told, and saw it.
Judas accepted from Jesus the bread, and

Satan entered him, as if the bread were a lock 
on a door; then Judas left the room.

How does Peter not know what's going on? 
Why is this action, of Jesus giving Judas

wine-dipped bread and telling him to go,
and Judas obeying, the thing that leads Jesus to say, 

"Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God has been
glorified in him"? Why is bread and wine

in this instance catalyst for betrayal and self-
hatred? Why is that the revealer of glory? 

What makes it glorious to give gifts used against you? 
Is that an example of love? 

What if the gift was given in order to be 
used against you? Is the receiver culpable still?

Is the story meant to teach me a lesson?
Is it meant to enlarge the heart or make it well,

or poison it?  Does it depend who the receiver of it is? 
Is the point of the sequence to show the hearer

what he's hearing is mystery, a method of 
showing him how much he will not know?

Is the last question description or judgment?
Is there a difference? 

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