Judas and his dance with the devil (Day Eighteen Luke 22:3)

Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 
(Luke 22:3 NET
)

What a tragic truth this passage contains.  One who was seemingly so close to Jesus Christ himself was overcome with evil and indwelt by Satan.  Some have falsely accused Judas as being a betrayer from the beginning.  However, scripture paints an entirely different picture of the man Judas.  He seems to be equally as capable of a disciple as any of the others throughout the ministry of Christ Jesus.  Even after Christ identifies Judas as his betrayer in John 13 the other twelve seem confused and unaware of his evil deeds.  The scripture actually says  in John 13:28–29 NET  28 Now none of those present at the table understood why Jesus said this to Judas. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever they needed for the feast, or to give something to the poor.  Certainly had Judas been some kind of evil villain after three years with these men they would have taken the words of Christ to heart and been able to easily identify this man for what he was.  Rather they are confused, conflicted, and unconvinced of his evil intentions.   Once the devil took control over his life things quickly grew worse and worse for Judas until he ended his own life.  From the life of Judas we learn that sin is a slippery slope, and as a result we should flee from it!  James 1:13–15 NET  brings a word of warning concerning temptation and sin when it proclaims 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. 15 Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.  Temptation is something none of us can avoid, even Christ was tempted in every way.  However, we must not play with temptations or sin itself lest we become more like Judas and less like Jesus.  God loves you, Jesus died for you and the Holy Spirit walks with you every day, you are not alone.  With their help you can overcome any evil that threatens you life.  Judas left Jesus to dance with the devil, instead he should have stayed close to Christ where he would have never been tempted to fall so deeply into sin.

Consider the areas of your life that are susceptible to the temptations of the devil.  Are you trying to overcome those things on your own or with the help of your savior?  Are you trying to get closer to Jesus, or have you decided instead to leave the room?

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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2 Responses to Judas and his dance with the devil (Day Eighteen Luke 22:3)

  1. Royce Hart says:

    That illustration – “leaving the room” – hits close to home. That’s what it’s like when I give into temptation – a conscious turning – but if I “leave the room” quickly enough, it’s almost imperceptible. In the end, as before I chose, I know I’ve failed. Staying in the room doesn’t all

  2. Royce Hart says:

    That illustration – “leaving the room” – hits close to home. That’s what it’s like when I give into temptation – a conscious turning – but if I “leave the room” quickly enough, it’s almost imperceptible. Staying in the room doesn’t allow me to follow through on my wrongdoing without fully experiencing the weight of my actions. Leaving the room – pretending that I’m out of sight, out of mind – makes it less difficult. That should spook me more than it does.

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