Luke 22:47-48 “And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?”
It occurred to me as I read the account in Luke, how close the devil was to Jesus as they sat at the table that night. There were disciples who sat next to him. Others heard him talk of the giving to the poor. Was it his presence that caused them to fight amongst themselves?
Luke 22:24 “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.”
At this point, they had seen devils cast out of people, miraculous things that none of them had ever experienced before. Did they not sense such a presence of evil? Could they not tell that something was off? Jesus knew and did not acknowledge his presence other than telling him,
John 13:27 “And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.”
I am convicted of my ignorance of that which I cannot know of the work of evil in this world around me. We are admonished to not remain in ignorance.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
But what hit me today was the close proximity evil was to holiness. It seemed that at the greatest presence of holiness – Jesus on earth, Satan himself was present. It strikes me that that the more we become like Jesus, the greater presence evil takes up around us.
It’s human nature to think that the closer we get to Jesus, the further we would be from evil, but even when Jesus was on the earth, Satan sat at the same table to eat with him. And then, in the garden, as Jesus was facing the greatest trial, Satan, in the person of Judas was close enough to give Him a kiss.
Luke 22:48 “But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?”
If we are warned to not be ignorant of the devil’s devices and knowing that evil can be that close to us, who and what can we trust? The disciples were ignorant – but at that time, they did not have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit – we do. It would make so much sense then, to rely heavily if not wholly on the Holy Spirit’s leadership and guidance in our life.
In everything and for everything, God knows what is best. He has been there. He has seen all of what will happen in our future. What we will face, who we will meet, what trials await us… everything.
How close are you and I to the evil that seeks to destroy us? Far closer than we would care to admit. Our only chance is to wholly rely upon the presence, power, protection and provision of the Holy Spirit of God.
Don’t leave home without Him!