HOST: Ron House
I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
As we have read previously, Judas has already decided to betray Jesus and has in fact already come to an agreement with the Jewish leaders concerning that deed. He remains with Jesus, but with the motive of finding the perfect time to betray Him into their hands. There were many attitudes that were driving Judas—greed, bitterness, unbelief—but behind them all was Satan. He had used Judas’ love for money, his disdain for Jesus’ attitude toward worldly things, his lack of true faith against him, and had led him down the path toward destruction. Judas serves as a vivid reminder to us that we are all susceptible to Satan’s attacks. If one so close to Jesus—chosen to be an apostle, a daily eyewitness to His wisdom, power, and love—could fall to temptation and betray the Lord, surely any of us could be led down that same road. The example of Judas reminds us all of the diligence with which we need to resist Satan and pursue godliness.
What are some of the things we can do to help us resist Satan?
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