Sin in Motion (Luke 22:1-6)

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6 He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.  (Luke 22:1-6)
Learn it:

            We are getting close to the crucifixion of Jesus.  His enemies are looking for a way to arrest Jesus but there is no easy way to do it.  The crowds love Jesus and are always surrounding him so there is no way for the chief priests to arrest Jesus without causing a big scene.  Enter Satan.  Remember, this is a spiritual war!  Satan loves to exploit weaknesses from within a group.  Judas is a weak link and Satan is able to lead him astray to betray Christ.  This provides the chief priests with easy access to Jesus to take him down privately.  Judas was willing to do that for some money.     We do not know exactly what Judas’ motives were for betraying Jesus.  Did he feel left out since he was not part of the inner circle of Jesus’ group?  Did he always have doubts about who Jesus was?  Was he tired of being persecuted by the elite groups of the time?  Did he want to have some extra money and he did not want to have to depend on other to provide for him?  Whatever it may have been, Satan was using him to do what he wanted to do. 

Live it:

            Sin is something that comes in many shapes and forms.  We have to be aware of it and know how it works.  Back then Satan was trying to stop the work of God by going after Jesus and the twelve disciples.  Today, Satan is still trying to interfere with God by going after the church.  The most effective way of slowing down the church is by turning away people inside the church and their leaders. 

Think of high-profile incidents that have happened in the news about a pastor or Christian celebrity that does something inappropriate.  It has a huge impact in the integrity of the church, and it loses its effectiveness.  Sin does not just affect one person.  It affects the whole body.  Satan loves to make us think, “Oh this sin is just going to hurt me.”  That’s a lie.  Sin never just affects you; it will eventually make its way to other people.  When we sin, we need to shed light on it, repent, and ask God to forgive us.  Then we need to turn away from it and try not to do it again.  There will be times where we will need to share our struggles with other believers so they can help us.  Is there anything you need to go before God with and ask for help?  Do you need to ask forgiveness from a fellow believer?  How can you stand strong against the attacks of Satan?   

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