What Jesus Did! 'The Devil's Henchmen' — Luke 22:1-6

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It was almost time for the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a quiet way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of what the people would do to them. One of Jesus' twelve apostles was named Judas Iscariot. Satan (the devil) went into Judas and made him do a bad thing. Judas went and talked with the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the temple. Judas talked to them about a way to give Jesus to them. The priests were very happy about this. They promised to give Judas money {if he would give Jesus to them}. Judas agreed. Then Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them. Judas wanted to do it when there were no people around to see him do it.
— Luke 22:1-6 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:1-6 NLT —  Judas wanted to do it when there were no people around to see him do it.

Key Thought

I cannot help feeling unbelievably sad when I read this passage. Men who are called by God to intercede for his people and to expertly interpret the Scriptures for his people are plotting the worst of all things—the murder of the Son of God. Judas, one of Jesus' 12 apostles, comes up with a plot to betray the Lord to the religious leaders. The Temple guard is in on the murderous scheming. Satan, of course, is behind it all. I wish that we could say these things don't happen today. Unfortunately, when God's leaders get caught up in self-interest and religious politics, Satan steps in and leads them astray and horrible things happen. Pray that God will protect his leaders from the devious ways of the evil one who seeks to rip apart godly leaders and destroy the work of the Kingdom.

Today's Prayer

Father, please intervene directly in the lives of our church leaders and cast out any influence of Satan, all self-seeking and party spirit, and every hint of life-destroying political scheming. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 12:42-43
  • John 7:16-18
  • Mark 13:11-13


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.