“The evening meal was in progress and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot to betray Jesus Christ.” John 13:2
Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. He was chosen by the Lord Jesus Christ just as others were chosen to be one of his close followers. And as a disciple of Jesus Christ…he walked very closely with the Master; he listened in to every teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ; he witnessed the amazing miracles the LORD Jesus Christ did in the 3 years; when the Lord Jesus Christ sent the disciples in two’s to pray over the sick…he was also part of this outreach and they came back with resounding joy of …”even the demons listen to us!” All who knew Judas Iscariot identified him to be a close follower of Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile; Satan had a mission to Kill Jesus Christ and needed a man to use.
As the evening meal was in progress we learn that ‘the devil had already prompted Judas’; and after Jesus Christ had washed the feet of the disciples; he said “…You are clean; though not every one of you.” At the last supper “as soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered him”.
Many times we wonder…after walking so closely with Jesus Christ; why would Judas Iscariot fail to stand with the rest to the end? And today, it is a question we should ask ourselves…despite my walk with Jesus Christ; have I been identified by the enemy as one to be prompted to do or accomplish the enemy’s mission?
The true state of Judas Iscariot’s heart is glimpsed when he was offended at the act of Mary who took “about a half a litre of pure nard; an expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet…” Judas Iscariot objected with an excuse of ‘sell the perfume and get money to give to the poor’… for he was a thief who used to help himself from the money bag.
The story of Judas Iscariot has a terrible ending. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and turned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders with a confession, “I have sinned” “for I have betrayed innocent blood”. The elders asked him. “What is that to us?” “That is your responsibility”.
I pray that one of our responsibilities is to understand and embrace the Fear of God which one described as ‘terrified to live away from the presence of God’. I pray that the fear of God will be deeply rooted in our hearts; to enable us walk and keep the path of life.
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil” Proverbs 3:7