Scripture reading for April 24th: Luke 22:14-24
As Satan entered Judas and he ended up betraying Jesus, so Satan was active in testing the disciples during the final hours of Jesus’ time here on earth. If you are a follower of Jesus, you also will be tested by Satan to see if your faith is sound!
“In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray Me is with Mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays Him.” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be the greatest.”” (Luke 22:20-23) Jesus was conducting the final rites of the Passover Feast when He announced that one of the Twelve would betray Him. This caused them all to question who could or would do such a thing. Evidently, each of them thought that they would not, and they began to boast about who would be the greatest in the kingdom. Their minds and hearts were filled with pride, not humble faith.
Jesus encouraged them to pursue greatness through serving. He had set the example of serving them earlier in the meal by washing their feet. (John 13:2-17) He then turned to Peter, who was probably the chief boaster. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32) Jesus had a word of knowledge for Peter. Peter was sure he would follow Jesus even to death, but Jesus knew the truth. He prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail! Peter would be restored and he was to use his faith to strengthen his brothers. In fact, all were going to fall away on account of Him!
Jesus knows each of us. We will all have our faith sifted by Satan! Some of us will stumble and fall to temptation, but Jesus is praying for us. (Romans 8:34) By humbly turning back to Jesus, we can be restored as Peter, and strengthen our brothers!