Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.
Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.
1.They feared the people
2.Satan entered Judas
3.Betray when the people not there
The people were hungry for the Word of God and were drawn to Jesus’ teaching. He was teaching daily, however, he was not one of the teachers of the law, he was not under an umbrella of governance that was to guard what he said and be sure it complied with the law all-inclusive, both that which was inspired by God and that which man had corrupted. Jesus kept single-mindedly to teaching the Will of God. This came into conflict with the teachings of the Scribes and Pharisees and his popularity only fed their jealousy. To further fuel their displeasure, Jesus condemns their constant quest for honor and praise from the people, their self-centeredness.
What do we take from this that can be applied to our own daily living? Where is our focus? We pray the will of God be done on heaven and earth. Judas betraying Jesus was part of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. The natural bent of mankind to self-centeredness was exploited for the fulfillment of prophecy. ” They were glad…” another translation says “…they were delighted…” Wonder if they thought God was providing a way for them to get rid of Jesus? Yet they were so far from the Spirit of God, they did not have a sense of the part they were about to play in His redemption plan and in the fulfillment of scripture. Can we, scary thought, find ourselves in the same place? Do we see the absolute necessity of staying immersed in the scripture, praying without ceasing, daily taking up our cross, all phrases from scripture that tell us we need to be in close communion with God, we need to know the heart of God?
Test the spirits…the word tells us. The leaders here showed evidence of their distance from God by their actions, prayers, daily living presence. They were seeking the favor of the people not God. We can test our own attitudes and find what is driving our actions, thoughts and daily living presence. Where is our focus, where is the center of our being? Are we centered on the Lord?