Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
The contrast is amazing - on Tuesday we see the dedication of the housekeeper to God, and on Wednesday we see the denial of the apostle Judas. The Temple officials were glad; they literally thought they were experiencing God’s favor! They were so far gone that they could no longer tell the difference between being blessed or cursed by God.
We should never rejoice when things go “our way” if it is not ultimately “God’s way.” Judas and the priests lost their way because they were unwilling to bend their wills to God.
Roy Hession (author) said, “To be broken is the beginning of revival; it is being ‘Not I, but Christ,’ and a ‘C’ is a bent ‘I.’” The Lord Jesus cannot live in us fully and reveal Himself through us until the proud self within us is broken.
Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach; Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in you; Give me a deeper knowledge of yourself as Saviour, Master, Lord and King; and Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from you. Amen.
- Valley of Vision