One of you is the devil! Let me repeat that, one of you is the devil! Oh, don’t take that personally! Those were the words of Jesus. Some of his disciples, not the twelve, just turned their back on Jesus on walked away. Following Jesus was not what they expected. But the twelve stayed by the side of Jesus. So Peter, true to form, said “Lord, to whom shall we go? You alone have the words of life. Then Jesus said, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is the devil! Of course, Jesus was talking about Judas, the one who would eventually betray Jesus for a 30 silver coins.
The word devil, diablos, can mean devil, Satan, but it can also mean an enemy, false accuser or slanderer. Judas had become an instrument of Satan. In Mark chapter 8 Jesus told his disciples He would have to suffer and die at the hands of the Jews. So Peter spoke up and against such a plan. At that point Jesus said, get thee behind me Satan. Jesus was stern to those who opposed His plan, even His disciples, yet in the case of Judas, Judas was playing right into the hand of God. You have to wonder if these words of Jesus caught the attention of Judas. Was sin already crouching at the door of Judas, just waiting to destroy him?
In John chapter 12 Mary anointed the feet of Jesus and Judas became upset that such costly perfume was wasted on the feet of Jesus. But then John wrote, Judas wasn’t mad because he cared for the poor, but because he was helping himself to the money in the money box. Jesus knew what Judas was up to. Jesus knew Judas was stealing the money. Who knows, Judas might have been stealing money before John chapter six when Jesus called him a devil. The sin of Judas was taking him down a one way road with no return.
Then in John chapter thirteen “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world and go to the Father, and supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas to betray Him. Satan pretty much had his hook in Judas by now. Satan was up to his old scheme. Just like in the garden,” Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Satan was plotting and scheming to overthrow the work of God in Adam’s day and in the day of Judas.
Now Supper was over and Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Then Jesus said, “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me. When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Jesus loved his disciples, even Judas, and it grieved Jesus that one of his own would turn his back.
The disciples were now confused. So Peter nudges John who is leaning upon Jesus, and Peter told John to ask Jesus who was going to betray Him. So John asked, Lord who is it? Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot. By now, sin had hardened the heart of Judas. There was no turning back. Verse 27 Now after the piece of bread Satan entered Judas. Judas probably didn’t want it to go this for later he would try to return the money only to be turned down. Judas only wanted to crack the door to sin, but Satan kicked it down. Then verse thirty, having received the piece of bread he went out immediately. Now it was just a kiss on the cheek of Jesus and the deal was done.
Oh the deceitfulness of sin. What might have started out as little as taking a few coins from the money box with the intention of repaying, grew and grew and grew into the betrayal of the Son of God. Is sin crouching at your door waiting to destroy you? Now the serpent is most cunning and he only comes to steal, kill and destroy! Don’t let him in. Shut the door! Shut the door!