Bible passage: Matthew 26:20-21
Written: During the first century
During the last days of Jesus' public ministry, he predicted that one of his apostles would betray him:
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me." (Matthew 26:20-21, NIV)
A short time later, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. The betrayal was followed by the arrest, trial, and execution of Jesus.
The Apostles of Jesus were in a unique position. They were able to see with their own eyes whether Jesus was the fulfillment of various Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, and they were able to see for themselves whether the prophecies that Jesus gave as a prophet were being fulfilled.