“Surely it is not I, Lord?”


And while they were eating, he said, 
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”

Isn’t it interesting that when Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray him, the all answer with a question. It isn’t a direct question, but perhaps doubt. There is a difference  between the doubtful reply “surly it is not I ? ” (the statement ends with a question mark) and a more direct answer “will it be me?” or “could it be me?” Though it was Judas that did emphatically betray Christ, none of the disciples emphatically stated “No, it will not be me! ” The question then becomes why did none of them proclaim “it will not be me”? Standing with Christ did they learn their frailties and their capacity for sin;that we all have the capacity of betrayal but perhaps not the desire ? Did they assume Jesus knew who the culprit would be, that their actions revealed them? Did they realize that along their journey with Christ that each of them has already betrayed him at some point? I wonder why they could not say “Surely it is not I, Lord” wit an exclamation point and not a question mark?

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