Today is the day that we remember the last Passover meal that Jesus had before he was hung on a cross and it makes me wonder how he could handle sharing a table with his disciples with that omnipotence, knowing what was coming and what his friends would do.
He shared a bowl with Judas, a man who at some point during this whole time period was overcome by Satan as mentioned in
(NIV) Luke 22:3-6
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.
It really makes me wonder if it is so easy for Satan to overcome someone who was so dedicated to the Savior, how much easier it would be to overcome the weaker people, ones who don’t know Christ the way the disciples did? And why didn’t Judas put up more of a fight?
Sitting there at that table, sharing a meal, sharing comfort and friendship – Jesus even told Judas he knew he was going to betray him, I wonder how awkward that must have been. In his entire life I know that Jesus predicted a lot of different things but how shocked would you be if the person you had agreed to have murdered told you that they knew what you were going to do, and didn’t stop you from doing it?
For Jesus, this was the moment before the reason for his entire existence on this planet as a man. We all needed Judas to do what he did, and yet, it still sickens me to think that anyone could want to bring that kind of death down on a friend and leader.