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Since Judas’s betrayal of Jesus likely was a grave sin, why did Jesus give him Communion at the Last Supper?

Full Question

Since Judas’s betrayal of Jesus likely was a grave sin, why did Jesus give him Communion at the Last Supper? Or had Judas left the table by that point?

Answer

If Judas did receive Communion—as Scripture appears to indicate (Lk 22:19-23)—then there may be any number of reasons why Christ allowed it even though he had already been plotting Christ’s betrayal (Lk 22:3-4). Two possibilities include: Christ may have hoped that the grace of Communion ultimately could save Judas’s soul. Judas did indeed feel remorse for what he did (Mt 27:3-4), although he chose the wrong means to demonstrate that remorse (Mt 27:5). Or perhaps Christ respected Judas’s free will, just as he respects our free will, and so did not deny Judas Communion even though he apparently did not have faith that it was Christ’s body and blood (Jn 6:66-71).
—Michelle Arnold














14 comments

  1. Ann Miller Smith Reply

    Judas was preordained to betray Jesus he had no control over his decision to deliver Jesus to the Romans. Although we have we have free will , I think on this instance it was already destined to be.

  2. Judie Burdick Reply

    It wasn’t communion it was the passover!

    1. Chimezie ibe Reply

      Yes very correct, what Judas took with the apostles was Passover, it was after Judas went out that Christ took a cup of wine and bread and turn them into his fresh and blood and ask his apostles to take and eat and drink for this is his body and blood. So Judas did not eat communion with the apostles.

  3. Robert Fruehling Reply

    Judas did not take what is known as Communion. There are 4 cups of wine in the Passover. Two are taken before the meal. Two are taken after the meal.
    Judas left before the meal, for the Disciples thought he was going to buy something for the Feast – see John 13: 29.
    What we know as Communion was institued with the 3rd cup of wine, “The cup of the Outstretched Arm”. This cup came after the meal and Judas was already gone.

  4. Melly Reply

    Communion is voluntary if judas had been honest with himself he would not have participated, he was more concerned with keeping suspicion off of him, and trying to blend in, sin took over and blinded and ultimately destroyed him

  5. N. Dumas Reply

    so — completely out the door goes the Christian belief that it was pre-ordained? Convenient, isn’t it?

  6. Vern Cox Reply

    As you may recall Jesus said of Judas “he who betrays the Son of Man, it would be better if he had never been born”. Peter hears from others in the near future “Men and brethren what shall we do” after they were pricked in their hearts. Men have consciences. Jesus knew that a man who would have been one of those sent out to perform miracles earlier, would have the world’s heaviest heart! How would you feel knowing that you betrayed/let down the LORD who paid humanity a personal visit. Everyone reads over “He said ‘I have betrayed innocent blood’! They replied ‘What is that to us, you live with it’ He then threw the
    30 pieces down and left”. He repented and confessed what he did. The LORD not only seen His own fate He also saw Judas’, Peters denial and His own Resurrection. That Jesus gave him communion makes me put my money on Jesus forgiving him even though Judas couldn’t live with himself.

    1. Kaye Reply

      I agree completely

  7. Nancy Reply

    Jesus, Yahweh M’Kaddesh, The LORD who sanctifies, is all knowing and knew that Judas’ betrayal was a part of the plan towards His crucifixion. They were celebrating the Passover. A Jewish practice, and today Christians alike, celebrate the Passover. Because, when we receive Christ as our Savior, we are grafted in the the Hebrew Heritage. It comes naturally as you walk with the Lord to practice the Jewish Holy Days. Jesus is the Passover Lamb that was sacrificed for our remission of sins, once and for all.

  8. George Kuforiji Reply

    What was on Judas’ mind was a “venial sin” and not a mortal sin. Receiving the Eucharist should have helped him if he was open to it.

    The book of Genesis can shed some light into this. “The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not. Cain greatly resented this and was crestfallen (venial). So the Lord said to Cain “If you do well, you can hold up your head: if not, sin (Mortal) is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward but you, yet you can be his master.”” (Catholic Study Bible)

    God will never take away our free will. Judas could have refused to betray his master. It was his choice. However God knew what the outcome would be.

  9. Matt Stilwell Reply

    Judas didn’t betray Jesus. Jesus TOLD Judas to turn him in. Miss that part ?

  10. Terry Shaw Reply

    Without all the hair-splitting–Jesus had lower standards than we have. He offered himself to the betrayer. I have always thought that Judas is now sitting w/ Christ–even forgiven for his suicide.

  11. Me Reply

    Jesus looks like really had lower standards toward people than modern Catholic Church does. Why people who simply got divorced or married not in church should not receive communion if even Judas, the Lord’s killer was allowed ???

  12. Chimezie ibe Reply

    It was not a communion but Passover feast, it was when Judas went out that the apostles eat communion.

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