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"That thou doest, do quickly"

Nothing would have pleased Satan more than for Jesus Christ to not have been crucified, thereby failing to fulfill the purpose for which He was born i.e. we are not saved by His birth, or His life, but by the shed blood of His death, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8 KJV).

The devil no doubt enjoyed the horrendous brutality inflicted upon the Messiah though, perhaps even as much as Mel Gibson apparently enjoyed producing his morbidly-sadistic portrayal of it in his The Passion Of The Christ (Gibson's choice for a cameo appearance in his film? His hand is shown driving a nail into the Christ character; see also What Did Jesus Look Like?), a largely Roman-Catholic-traditions-based film that's infected with numerous Biblical-reality errors and inaccuracies ("anyone raised as a Catholic will be familiar with the stops along the way; the screenplay is inspired not so much by the Gospels as by the 14 Stations of the Cross" reports US movie reviewer Roger Ebert) (Daily Bible Study note: the Roman Catholic "stations of the cross" are found no where in The Holy Scriptures or any other historical reality), but the actual sacrifice of the Lamb of God, in which none of His bones were broken, was something that Satan would have prevented if he could have because the Messiah's sacrifice marked the beginning of the final countdown to the end of Satan's reign on earth (see the Fact Finder question below), and Satan knew it.

(Note: a flood of emails to the author of this study since it was originally written indicates that many people got the impression that the author was recommending not seeing Gibson's movie. That was neither stated nor intended (the author, a former Roman Catholic, has seen the film). The author's sole concern is that people do not get a Biblically-contrary view of what happened that day. Jay Leno's joke that "the movie has become so popular that they're thinking of making a Book about it" was more than just a joke - many people will regard that film as "gospel," while supplanting it over the Book, the Holy Bible, from which it was supposedly based. Ask yourself, what do you think Jesus Christ thinks of people impersonating Him, shown doing things that He never did and saying things that He never said?)

"this shall not be unto Thee"

Holy Bible If Satan had his way, Jesus of Nazareth would have lived to old age after a long life of gross carnality. Satan even offered to provide the means:

"Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give Thee" (Matthew 4:8-9 KJV)

But what was the Messiah's answer?

"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan" (Matthew 4:10 KJV)

Satan was hard at work trying to influence those around Christ. When Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed, Peter said, in effect, "no way to The Way!" But who did Jesus respond to from that statement of Peter? Satan.

"From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."

"Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee."

"But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

"Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 6:21-27 KJV)

While Satan was certainly involved with Judas' betrayal of Jesus (Satan wanted Christ rejected, not sacrificed), Satan's involvement in making an event happen that Satan had been up to that time trying to prevent was declared to occur long before, by God, "that the Scripture may be fulfilled." The Scriptures also plainly state that Satan only entered into Judas after Jesus identified Judas as the betrayer, "after the sop, Satan entered into him"; Jesus then told Satan, who had just then entered into Judas "That thou doest, do quickly," thereby assigning Satan a role in the event that Satan knew would bring Satan's own doom. God, and His Son, were always in absolute control of everything.

"I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with Me hath lifted up his heel against Me."

"Simon Peter therefore beckoned to Him, that he should ask who it should be of whom He spake. He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto Him, Lord, who is it?"

"Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him."

"Then said Jesus unto him [i.e. to Satan, after "Satan entered into" Judas], That thou doest, do quickly." (John 13:18,24-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: Does Satan know that his time is now running out?
See What Satan Fears Most

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