by Christina Farris
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; The understanding who is the father of Judas. If we understand that every good gift comes from the Father in heaven, we can understand this gift of the devil in the heart is not of God though it was allowed by God. Devil authority to enter did not happen until the last supper. Jesus needed a betrayer. Needed a devil to destroy him. Judas had no more authority but to sell Jesus where abouts to the temple leaders. As soon as he did so and Jesus died on the cross, it wrenched his heart in such a way he had no knowledge of how to be forgiven for this treasonist act against Jesus. Jesus was not His God so he could not go to the cross or to God, the one that had sent Jesus. He knew not that God could forgive. So he he would hang himself for his sin, because he found no way to repent or ask forgiveness.
If we think of thanksgiving we think of all the blessing from God that has been given to us this year. Some this year have experienced a grief they never understood or had before. In fact some had grief that was greater then life with in them could handle. If it had not been support of others they might not of stood to fight another day against the horrors of both pandemic, crisis in our land or the evil within our own borders. This has been a year of fires, storms, sickness, and solitude. The solitude maybe a blessing. The solitude of being with love ones, and others being away from love ones. If only good things come from God how can we justify the evil we experienced? Truth is to justify it is to give it a source or that source a name, and it be the devil. It matters not how something starts or ends, evil seems to run ramped only to come to a screeching halt as God's blessings are instill into our hearts of how great God is and his blessings that are around us. The first is the blessing of our own survival during this time. That life is still going on for many of us, though our heart aches with sorrow. We did nothing to cause this sorrow, or cause the illness, but we suffer from it.
Jesus went about doing good, so why did this one man want to betray Jesus, and the only thing I ever really came up scripturally was when the woman used ointment on Jesus feet, Judas had said it could of been sold and given to the poor. His idea of greed, maybe, prehaps he had his hand in the money bag all this time, after all he was a tax collector by trade and a keeper of the money bag for Jesus. Was he just tired of Jesus coming up with a good answer as he did with this anointing of his own feet. Perhaps it was that fact he was tired of the journey with Jesus.
What we do know is the devil enter Judas. If we look at James we understand that our own lust brings forth sin. Judas greed, anger allowed Satan to enter him. Yet Jesus knew Judas was not one of his. Instead he was following his own desire and greed, not weighing the cost of it. How often do we weigh the cost of our own lust/desires to the cost of our own faith. If our faith is more important then a case of beer, adultery, stealing, and so forth why does anyone ever sin. It is because we are drawn away by own wants not weighing the price that leads to death. Yet that same price of death was paid for by the love of God who sent his Son to die for the sinner, who is us. We all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And yet it is God's love that paid the price for our sins, by sending his only begotten Son to die for our sin We are justified by his grace, when we believe in Jesus and repent of our sins. Turn away from sin. The perfect gift coming from God above through his salvation plan for mankind. Jesus willing paying the price of our sin despite the cost of suffering on the cross.
Judas never seeing God's grace of Christ resurrection only the coinsequences for his actions against Jesus. Never seeing Jesus' grace he gave to Peter who denied him three times, nor the grace to the other disciples that ran away from the garden. He did not see Jesus love by his reappearance in his glorified body to his disciples. He missed it because of the betrayal, because of not understanding who to repent too, not understanding the hope of faith, only his desires could not be undone. The hope Jesus offer the eleven disciples that were his followers, was the grace through repentance, and faith. If we confess our sins he is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from our sin and all unrighteousness.(I John 1:9). If we can understand if we just tell Jesus what we did was wrong that we have sin, that we ourselves have fallen short, he is just to forgive us of our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Righteousness from all unbelief. Confess first unbelief if you have any and go from there. God is able to take away the lack of faith, the sin or temptation that is not of God out of your life. God is listening. I don't need to know all about it, I know He hears you when you repent because I to had to repent. I to had to go to Jesus for forgiveness of sin. God's grace was sufficient for my sin and it is sufficient for yours as well.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us of our sin, forgive us of any unbelief we may have and any other sin that separates us from you, knowing Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross and rose again to have victory over that sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen. (More Information of salvation follow the how to be saved link at the bottom or top of page.)
Thanksgiving Day Countdown Day 21: Thank the Lord above for granting us redemption through His Son and for his grace freely given to all that believe. God's perfect gift being grace to all of us. If I repeated this, then so be it, because to talk of God's grace is worthy of our praise especially in the storms of life, knowing his grace will see us through whatever road we travel, easy or hard at the moment.
Continual Scripture Study:James 1:13-17 KJV
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Romans 5:8-12 KJV
Romans 5:20-21 KJV
Matthew 27:1-8 KJV