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TITLE:  After the Sop
TEXT:  John 13:19-30
PROPOSITION:  After Jesus extends us special kindness; we must not betray him.
KEY WORD:  Meanings


  1. Background of text
    1. Last Supper – Upper Room
    2. Washed their feet – teach them humility and becoming a servant
    3. Jesus is troubled – one will betray him – Who is it?
  2. Jesus dipped the sop and handed it to Judas
  3. What you plan to do, do quickly
  4. Apostles did not understand – buy more food, make a donation to poor

The key word in this text – SOP

  1. Have you ever thought about the “SOP”?
  2. Mentioned 3 times in this short story – Why?
  3. Is it important?

What was Jesus saying by handing the sop to Judas?

  1. I love you. I know what you are about to do, but I love you.
  2. I refuse to treat you as an enemy. Here is my sop of friendship.
  3. See quote below – Customs and Manners of Bible Lands
  4. Now, do what you plan to do, and do it quickly.

Betrayal was one thing – AFTER THE SOP – adds to the intensity

  1. If parents are bad – children rebel – OK – don’t blame the child
  2. If parents are kind, loving, child rebels – blame the child
  3. Jesus was not to be blamed for “driving” Judas to betrayal
  4. If you “received the sop” you would never be the same again!!

Are we any better? Have you received the sop (blessings, favors) from Jesus?

  1. Have you accepted his offer of love, friendship, and pardon?
  2. Have you done things that offended that relationship?


  1. Read words to song – Come, Share the Lord (see below)
  2. Have you received the sop?




Manners and Customs of Bible Lands – Fred H. Wright

“Some have supposed that Judas was in the position where he would be dipping at the same time with Jesus into the dish, and that he would thus be singled out as the betrayer. But this could hardly be, since the other disciples did not discover who the betrayer was from these words of Jesus. Since they had all been eating from the same large dish, these word of Jesus, ‘He that dippeth with me in the dish,’ did not identify any one of them. All of them, as well as Judas, had been dipping into the dish with Jesus. Jesus was simply informing them that one of them now eating would become the betrayer.”

“It is with them a mark of special respect for the master of the feast to hand a guest a portion of what is before him, or to insist on putting the morsels or sop into his mouth with his own hands – when it was the intention to honor and manifest good will.”


Come, Share the Lord

We gather here in Jesus name, His love is burning in our hearts like living flame.
For thru the loving Son the Father makes us one.
Come take the bread, come drink the wine, come share the Lord.
He joins us here; He breaks the bread.
The Lord who pours the cup is risen from the dead.
The One we love the most is now our gracious host.
Come take the bread, come drink the wine, come share the Lord.
We’ll gather soon where angels sing. We’ll see the glory of our Lord and coming King.
Now we anticipate the feast for which we wait.
Come take the bread, come drink the wine, come share the Lord.
No one is a stranger her, everyone belongs.
Finding our forgiveness here, we in turn forgive all wrongs.
We are now a family of which the Lord is head.
Though unseen He meets us here in the breaking of the bread.
Come take the bread, come drink the wine, come share the Lord. 

When we do – we receive the “sop.”

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