14.02.11 Jn. 13:27b-30
JESUS SENDS JUDAS OUT
27b Therefore Jesus told him, “What you’re doing, do quickly.”
28 None of those reclining at the table knew why He told him this. 29 Since Judas kept the moneybag, some thought that Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 After receiving the piece of bread, he went out immediately. And it was night.
At this point it is evident that the disciples had no idea of what Judas was about to do. He must have been the ideal actor because, if they knew – then they would probably have killed him immediately. Peter and Simon, the former Zealot, would probably have been the first to pounce on him.
“Since Judas kept the moneybag.” Judas was the financial manager of the group and evidently, he was less than honest since John labeled him as a thief (Jn. 12:6). Most certainly he looked toward the day when, in his thinking, Jesus would establish an earthly kingdom and He would be the kingdom treasurer. Judas went out to betray Jesus to the Sadducees and, most likely never returned to the Upper Room. He knew the habits of Jesus and therefore, expected Jesus and the disciples to be going to Bethany for the night. He caught up with them in the olive grove of Gethsemane.