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When Satan Comes To Church
by Wayne Blank
"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 ... He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night" (John 13:26-27,30 KJV)
How Did Satan Get To Judas?
The verses above describe how Jesus Christ identified the betrayer, a murderous treachery that had already started to happen before their arrival at the "last supper":
"Now The Feast Of Unleavened Bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money." (Luke 22:1-5 KJV)
How did Satan get to Judas? Was Judas just an innocent victim who was overcome by Satan? No. Judas was already morally rotten before "Satan entered into him." Judas was a thief ("he was a thief," John 12:16 KJV), a liar (he denied being the betrayer after he had already accepted the money to be the betrayer) and a murderer at heart (Judas knowingly offered his services when "the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Him").
Judas was no victim of evil. Judas was evil. That's why the Christ said of him (and of all others like him), "The Son of man goeth as it is written of Him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born." (Matthew 26:24 KJV). Would the Messiah have said that of someone who was innocent of his actions? Would the Messiah, who paid the penalty of the sins for all of those worthy of salvation, have said it about someone who will be judged favorably? (see When Will You Be Judged?).
The irony of calling it the "Last Supper" is that while it was and will be the last supper for Judas (who, like many others like him committed suicide after killing) and all others who have betrayed their fellow Christians to death, it won't be the Last Supper for Christ, or for all who chose not to be evil, those who did not make themselves willing accomplices of Satan (i.e. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you," James 4:7 KJV). For them, there is never going to be a "last" supper. Eternity awaits the Church of God, the people of God, those who truly live by The Word of God; joyous and glorious life without end.
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom [i.e. Satan's kingdom - see Who Still Rules The World Today?] shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:11-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is "damnation" a choice that people make for themselves?