Oh the sadness begins here. Judas allows himself to be influenced by Satan. That’s saying something for someone who walked with Christ and witnessed miracles every day.
You are never “too holy” for Satan to grab a hold. It’s the reason God tells us to put on armor every morning we rise. It’s the reason he warns us again and again that Satan is a prowling lion, seeking to destroy us.
Jesus puts away the Passover feast and the sacrificial lamb as part of the old covenant.
He has come to be the sacrificial lamb to eternally atone for all sin.
His broken body and blood are the new covenant.
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Luke 22:19-20 NIV
Here’s the part we don’t want to hear.
“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
Luke 22:41-44 NIV
Jesus was begging God to deliver him from the anguish that was before him. Even an angel came to him to strengthen him.
Yet he was tortured still and prayed so hard that he sweated drops of blood.
He did not receive the answer he was looking for. But he carried on. He asked for strength to endure, for confidence that what he was going to endure would be worth it.
God is truly a parent. He loves us and walks beside us. He gives us hope and confidence.
He does not prevent us from falling down or making bad decisions.
However he is here when we call out to him. Providing that peace that we always have him in our corner cheering us on. And one day he will meet us back home with a hug and a smile.