Actions of betrayal and evil … and it was night
By ELDER REX BAKER
The following is a scriptural reference and point by point analysis of scripture.
John 13: 21-30
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.
Of course, our lord knew of the deceptive nature of Judas. Jesus was on the course of the cross and would not waver in his destination and God’s will.
23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means. 25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
Even Satan played his part, but would be surprised by the outcome, one he did not intend.
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was Night”
Betrayal and works of evil are usually done under the cover of darkness. When exposed the light of day, the evil is usually evident,
A) This will be the last chance for Judas to return from evil. B) Jesus knew what was going on and he was troubled in spirit. C) Jesus exposed Judas quietly but did not name him to the rest of the disciples. D) Judas, by his actions, showed that he was a “counterfeit” disciple. E) After years of deception, Judas found out that Jesus knew what was going on. F) Jesus even paid special attention to Judas. He sat in an honored place: by His side. This was done as an attempt by Jesus to bring Judas back into the fold.
(Scripture References: Acts 3: 19, 8: 22.)
Betrayal-Apostasy: And it was Night
A) Evil entered Judas: Satan entered him. He gave himself over to evil. Satan took advantage of the opportunity!
B) Seeing what happened before His eyes, Jesus said: “act now and quickly!” Once a person has made the final decision to desert Him, he wants the betrayer gone. The betrayal was upon Judas as he left and embraced the darkness…completely.This is an example of a person exposed to judgment and perdition.
John 3: 18-20:
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. Our Lord does not mince words and this is an eternal choice.
John 12: 48
48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
The warning is clear: To repeatedly do sin is to be used by Satan.
(Baker is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Steubenville.)