The word "Pasch"
connotes passing over from the slavery of Satan to a life of freedom
with Christ; a passing over from an unstable world to His
well-secured Kingdom; a passing over from this passing world to the
ever-abiding presence of God.
The Egyptians also passed through
the Red Sea but unto their destruction.
"The devil, having now put
into the heart of Judas Iscariot to BETRAY HIM." To
"betray Him" is a spiritual suggestion. It enters not the
ears; it enters the thoughts. This was not a corporal suggestion. It
was a spiritual suggestion. The devil suggests these thoughts and
mingle them with one's human thoughts so that man may think that
they are his own thoughts.
Judas, having learned nothing
during his stay with Christ, had become a candidate to the
instigation of the devil "to betray Him." He came to
the last supper to spy on the Shepherd, a plotter against the
Redeemer, a seller of the Saviour. Judas, who went to deceive,
didn't know he was the one deceived. He did not realize that Christ
was, in fact, making use of his deception for the great work of
salvation. Judas planned the great evil; but God would get the
greatest good out of it. Judas could have contributed well to the
act of redemption and, like the other apostles, become admired by
the world. Unfortunately, he contributed evil which did not harm the
First, Christ presented His majesty
". . .My Father has given Me all things. . .I come from the
Father. . .I am going to the Father." Then, He showed His
humility . . . He washed not their hands but their feet . . .even
the feet of His betrayer.
Humility is a noble virtue. God was
not ashamed to demonstrate it. Christ had all the virtues but
exhibited HUMILITY most of the time. As Satan and his followers were
lost because of PRIDE, Christ and His followers were saved
Judas, having learned nothing,
betrayed Christ. Peter, having learned well, was filled with fear
that the Son of God would wash his feet. "What I do to you, you
do not understand, but you will know hereafter." Christ was
showing humility but Peter was getting terrified at the depth of
Christ's humility. Thus, Christ terrified Peter back to his senses.
"If I do not wash your feet, you will have no part of Me."
Presented by these two fears, Peter chose the right fear. . .the
fear of losing Christ. "Lord, not only my feet, but also my
hands and my head."