1 Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
The same night in which he was betrayed –
(see Matthew 26:23-25, Matthew 26:48-50)
Paul seems to have mentioned the fact that it was on the very night on which he was betrayed, in order to throw around it the idea of greater solemnity. He wished evidently to bring before their minds the deeply affecting circumstances of his death; and thus to show them the utter impropriety of their celebrating the ordinance with riot and disorder,
The idea is, that in order to celebrate it in a proper manner, it was needful “to throw themselves as much as possible into the very circumstances in which it was instituted;” …
and one of these circumstances most suited to affect the mind deeply was the fact that he was betrayed by a professed friend and follower.
It is also a circumstance the memory of which is eminently suited to prepare the mind for a proper celebration of the ordinance now.