My friend’s point is a powerful one. It is profound: Jesus Christ, in the moments before his death, had power over the one who had clouded people’s hearts. Satan’s prowling in the world would bring Christ’s death but victory would attributed to Christ.
Let’s unpack the thought.
The relevant verse is:
Found in the section of the Gospel of John where Jesus and the Apostles are in the upper room. Jesus responds to a question that seeks to determine who it is that will betray him:
"Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”
The explanation is:
- Jesus knew that he would be betrayed (see NT reference),
- Jesus knew his mission would end in his death at Satan’s hands,
- Jesus knew that he must come through death to reign victoriously,
- There needed to be a human agent to betray Jesus,
- In the healing ministry of Jesus we see demonic possession. It is therefore reasonable and practical to suggest that Satan himself may inhabit someone,
- Jesus in foreknowledge of his death and in recognition of the human agency asks Judas to do what he has to do quickly. It is in asking Judas that we see the command language - Jesus is in control.
- It is for these reasons that you often hear that 'Jesus went willingly to the cross'.
It is common to doubt your Christian faith. For instance, a Priest of the Church of England exhibited his doubt at time of his mortality. Be restored and refreshed to know that even in his last hour that Jesus was in control. Be fearful of the one who commands Satan.
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