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The Song: Judas
He thought of his disciples
Especially of Judas
The job that was ordained for him
And the reward he’d collect
He saw him in the tree
With silver coins around him
And that’s why Jesus wept
The Bible: The last supper
The Gospel according to John, Chapter 13, Verses 1 to 30 (John 13: 1 – 30).
Jesus knew his time was up. His Father was calling him home.
He had shown his friends how to live as God had always intended they should, relying on God’s shalom rather than the Romans’ pax. He had been openly critical of the Jewish religious leaders, accusing them of being more interested in looking good than being good. He had incurred their wrath, and they were determined to be rid of him.
Now, whilst Jesus and his friends were having supper, the real force behind the ‘Get Jesus’ party revealed itself. The adversary, the satan, the very devil, recruited Judas to betray Jesus.
Jesus knew what Judas was about to do, and did nothing to stop it. He knew it had to happen:
“Go and do what you have to do”, he told Judas. Do your bit. Play your part. “And make it quick.”
And so the enemy agent went out into the night.
The day couldn’t be far away.
So, why did Judas betray Jesus?
Some say it was for the money.
Others suggest he was disappointed that Jesus was not after all going to overthrow the Romans and restore the kingdom to Israel.
Or perhaps he was a secret Sadducee, a Temple spy, an infiltrator.
The Bible, however, puts it simply: the devil got to him.
And Jesus did nothing to stop him.