When it is better not to have been born

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Mark 14.20–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 14.1–25 on March 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Jesus revealed to the 12 that one of them would betray Him. That shocked all of them, so they started asking Him which one it would be:

He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.”

– Mark 14.20–21

How would the Father deal with the one who would betray His Son? If you think on that for a while, you will understand why it would be better if that man had never been born. Even as I type this and you read it, the betrayer is suffering for his horrible deed.

Never betray the Lord Jesus for any reason at all.


  • How did Jesus identify the betrayer?
  • If the betrayer had fully repented and gone to Jesus for forgiveness, would Jesus have forgiven him?

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