Jesus was not only despised and rejected by the Judaean authorities, but as we see in John 13, he was also betrayed by one of his twelve disciples. And yet, though all this was written about in advance by the prophets, John tells us that Jesus was deeply troubled by Judas’ actions, particularly because it set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to his crucifixion. Nevertheless, it was for this hour that Jesus ultimately came into the world.
Adriel Sanchez: In John 11:10, Jesus said, “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles because the light is not in him.” This is something that Jesus has been saying throughout his ministry. And so, now, to see this sort of brazen act of apostasy, Judas receiving the morsel from Jesus, Satan entering him, and then him going out, it only makes sense that it happened at night. It’s something really creepy going on here and I think that’s what you have happening here with Judas, is the darkness has now fully overtaken him. He’s been filled with Satan and he’s walking in the darkness to go and betray Christ.
Term to Learn
“Exclusivity of Christ for Salvation”
Q. Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,” meaning “savior”?
A. Because he saves us from our sins. Salvation cannot be found in anyone else; it is futile to look for any salvation elsewhere.
Q. Do those who look for their salvation and security in saints, in themselves, or else where really believe in the only savior Jesus?
A. No. Although they boast of being his, by their deeds they deny the only savior and deliverer, Jesus. Either Jesus is not a perfect savior, or those who in true faith accept this savior have in him all they need for their salvation.
(The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 11)