But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him! They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. (Luke 22:21-23)
It hurts to have family betray you. Often times it is life-changing, resulting in divorce, estrangement, or even death. Woe is always involved. The enemy looks for someone to devour, someone who has told a lie or stole something small and doesn’t repent. In Judas’ case he began by taking a small amount from the disciples’ purse. It’s important to note that Judas doesn’t repent his betrayal. Matthew tells us: “Then Judas, the one who would betray him said, ‘Surely not I, Lord.’” Once you let the enemy in, it’s difficult to stop him.
It’s hard to imagine spending three years with Jesus; using God’s power to heal, drive out demons, and preach the Gospel; and then betray Him. There’s nothing the enemy likes more than disabling God’s family. Parents beat themselves up wondering how their child walked the wrong path, but the enemy makes it easy to get off course.
Peter and John are Jesus’ two closest disciples. John gives more insight into the betrayal. He tells us Judas betrayed Jesus to fulfill Scripture. “He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9) Then Peter asks John who it was. This indicates Peter knows Jesus confides in John more than himself. Jesus hadn’t told John. If Jesus had, Peter and John may have taken matters into their own hands. John is the only one who tells us that Jesus told Judas, “What you are about to do, do it quickly.” No one at the table understood why Judas left the room?. It happened that way because Jesus was still in control of His own death. The timing had to be perfect.
Father God, I feel relieved you are in control. Please be relentless reminding me to repent because the enemy always looks for the easiest target. Please keep the enemy from me and my family and lead my children down the right path. Thank you for this opportunity to walk with Jesus to the cross through Your word. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.