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Daily Reading: 18th May 2015

John 13.27

27 and after he took the piece of bread satan entered into him. Then Jesus said to him: “What you do, do it quickly.”

There are some Christians who are all too quick to blame the devil for the things that they do. Blaming the devil for our own sin is an easy get out for some people. It is a means of refusing to take responsibility for their own actions.

We all face choices throughout our life. Everyone of us chooses whether we walk in the ways of Jesus, or whether we walk in our own selfish ways.

In verse 2 we read:

2 And supper was already taking place; the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, that he should betray Him.

Judas was still in the position to choose what to do, whether to betray Jesus or not. Satan had prompted him to embark on the pathway of betrayal, but the decision was his.

Perhaps it did not take much satanic prompting for Judas to act out of his own selfish agenda. He appears to have become disillusioned with Jesus, for whatever reason. He had already made an agreement with the chief priests to betray Jesus. He had already agreed on the price he was willing to accept for handing Jesus into their grasp.

He may have been wondering how he was going to carry out his act of betrayal, especially since Jesus had invited him to sit on His left-hand side, a place of high honour.

However, Jesus was in full control of the situation. He shows this by giving Judas the permission to go out and consort with the authorities to have Him arrested.

Until Jesus released Judas by giving him a piece of bread, It would appear that Judas still had the opportunity to reject satan’s attacks

It is a dreadful moment. Jesus shares the bread with Judas, and in that moment satan enters into Judas. It is the signal that satan was waiting for, because it was the signal that Jesus was allowing him access to Judas to carry out the most evil deed in history.

Jesus released Judas with these words: “What you do, do it quickly.”

Jesus constantly makes His appeal to our hearts, because He loves us. However, there comes the time when our refusal to respond to His loving appeal results in Jesus releasing us to go our own way, to plough our own furrow; to walk in the paths of unrighteousness, and to become open to the leading of satan.

It is a moment of great sadness for Jesus, and of utter ruin for us.

Let us listen carefully to these words: What makes us think that we can escape if we are indifferent to this great salvation that was announced by the Lord Jesus Himself? – Hebrews 2.3 (NLT).

 

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