He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
I. A PAINFUL IMPRESSION REMOVED FROM HIS HEART. "Therefore when he was gone out" —
1. An object of moral offence had been removed from His vision. It is never felt to be a pleasant thing to have in your social circle a corrupt man, especially if you know he has plotted against you. The exit of such a man is felt to be a relief.
2. An obstruction to the free utterance of His love had been removed from amongst His hearers. Parents and pastors have often things to say which they will not utter in the presence of a stranger or enemy. When the traitor was gone Christ's tongue was free.
II. A GLORIOUS CONSUMMATION OF THE GREAT PURPOSE OF HIS LIFE. The expression "Son of Man" occurs sixty-six times. Not son of a tribe, nation, sect, or He would have had tribal, etc., peculiarities. He realized the Divine ideal of what man ought to be.
1. The true glory of a man is the realization of the Divine purpose in his Ills. The universe is glorious because it realizes the Divine purpose. The gospel is glorified when it transforms men into the image of God.
2. The man who thus realizes the Divine purpose glorifies God also. We see most of God's glory in his life who works out the Divine will in a God-like life. This is what Christ felt now.
III. A TENDER CONSIDERATION FOR THE COMING TRIAL OF HIS DISCIPLES (ver. 33).
1. He informs them of that trial. A trial that would crush if it came unexpectedly may fall lightly when anticipated.
2. He informs them in the language of endearment.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.