When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” -John 13:21
Throughout the three years of His ministry, Jesus slowly revealed the path He was headed toward. He would tell His disciples things like:
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Many be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:13-15
The disciples would have known the story of the bronze serpent being lifted in the wilderness but Jesus being lifted up would have been a mystery. The verses we’ve read today show a different side of this piece-meal revelation. It shows a personal side. Jesus was troubled in spirit.
Friends, can I take a moment and tell you that Jesus is never surprised by our actions even when they hurt Him? Jesus foretold how His betrayal would happen right before it actually did. But re-read the response of His disciples at His distress. They looked among themselves and so we too, must look at our own hearts knowing that while we may walk close to God, there is always the possibility we may fall short. In truth, we do everyday. Jesus offered His disciples such grace knowing that they would fail Him and He offers us the same. We can’t avoid sin no matter how much we try but may our response be like the disciples. When we know that our thoughts or actions have caused our Master distress, may it distress our hearts until we examine the cause and seek forgiveness.