Luke 22:1-6 Leadership, Satan, Judas, And Promises Made.

It was no coincidence that Luke places this plot to kill Jesus at the time that the Passover was approaching. Matthew said that this was something which was meant to come to pass. “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified” (26:2). His death, and the shedding of His blood, would be the reason why death would not rule over His people. The chief priests and scribes were looking for an opportune time to have Him killed, but they feared the people (v. 2). The people knew that unlike their leaders with their selfish agenda, Jesus spoke with authority and came to serve.

This was ultimately a spiritual war, just like the one we wage. “Satan entered Judas” (v. 3a). This was no typical demon possession. Satan himself entered Judas. This was one of their own, “numbered among the twelve” (v. 3b). It was not only with Judas that the apostate Jewish leadership worked, but it was with Satan himself (v. 4). Note this well-they were glad to receive His word and support his plan-the exact opposite of their response to Christ. They “agreed to give him money” (v. 5). They promised money, Judas promised betrayal (v. 6 Cf. Mk. 14:10-11; Ps. 41:9; Zech. 11:12). Judas broke whatever promise he made to follow Jesus.

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