Scripture reading for April 23rd: Luke 21:29-22:13
Do you ever think about what it would have been like to be one of the disciples that Jesus originally chose? I would have loved to see the miracles, gotten to know the Son of God, and learned how to fish for men’s souls! These disciples were so blessed, and yet one of them did not recognize it!
“Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.” (Luke 22:1-6)
Judas was evidently aware of this plot to kill Jesus. Jesus had warned them several times prior to this about His coming death and resurrection. (Luke 18:31-33) Luke stated that “Satan entered Judas” and he went to the leaders of the Jews and conspired with them to betray Jesus. He did this for an agreed upon sum of money, thirty pieces of silver. ( This is said to have been the common price of a slave in that time.) The question is how could one who had been so close to Jesus for so long allow Satan to enter his life?
The Apostle John gives us insight into Judas’ problem. When the woman came and anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume, Judas spoke up. “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:5-6) Judas may have started out right, but his love of money was stronger than his love for Jesus.
Sadly, this same problem can happen today in our culture! Jesus taught that it was impossible to serve God and money. Examine your life today as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Is there anything in your life that might cause you to betray your Lord?