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"That thou doest, do quickly"
by Wayne Blank
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"
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."
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."
Fact Finder: Does Satan know that his time is now running out?