Did Jesus Lose Any Disciples?


Supposed contradiction and verses:

Jesus said He had lost none of His disciples except Judas, then He said He had lost none.

John 17:12

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

John 18:8-9

8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.


   In John 17:12, Jesus had just been praying to the Father before getting up and being met by Judas and the band of men in Chapter 18. Are we to actually believe that Jesus forgot what He said just moments earlier? Of course not! Jesus’ statement while praying is a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies about the betrayal found in Psalm 41:9 and Zechariah 11:12-13. Judas was the one who would betray Him and ultimately, the 30 pieces of silver would buy the Potter’s field. So, how can Jesus then turn and say that He had lost none just a short while later?

   In Chapter 18, Judas is no longer with them; he is with the band of men to capture Jesus. Jesus speaks and asks for the other Disciples to be allowed to leave, not including Judas, as Judas is no longer a part of them. This harmonizes perfectly with John 17:12 because Jesus lost none He was given, save the son of perdition, which was Judas.

There is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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