And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. – Luke 22:3
Why did Satan choose to enter Judas? Was he more vulnerable? Was he more wicked? Or was he just “chosen”, and the real reason is locked away in divine sovereignty? We cannot know the answers to these questions this side of heaven and once in heaven, we simply won’t care.
There is at least one lesson, however, to be learned from Judas’ life and tragic betrayal of Christ and that lesson is this: it could have been any one of us. For within each of us lies the latent ability to betray Jesus for wealth, pleasure, pride, or just plain old comfort.
So, the next time you begin to look down on the “betrayer” look straight into the mirror and be reminded of what might be, apart from God’s amazing and very necessary grace.
Either sin is with you, lying in your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost, but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want. – Martin Luther
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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