The city of Jerusalem was becoming over-run with throngs of people as the Feast drew near…all of them looking forward to the yearly celebration of Passover. But the Pharisees and Sadducees had much more sinister plans in the works…”they were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus.” (Luke 22:2) But how could they penetrate and mislead one of the inner circle around Jesus and thus gain access? The answer came in one of the most unlikely but saddest verses in the Bible, “Then Satan entered Judas…” (Luke 22:3) Now no one knows for certain why Judas betrayed Jesus…he was a loyal and highly respected one of the Twelve who even had the responsibility of the community purse. But despite all he had experienced, heard, and seen traveling with Jesus…Judas willingly became a traitor and informer.
When we’ve been betrayed by someone we love and trust…it takes a long time to let down our guard and trust again. We want to trust, but we draw back in apprehension that we’ll just get hurt again. It’s kind of like two porcupines dancing…desiring the companionship but afraid of the quills! But when we put our faith in Jesus…when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. And in that coming near God, by prayer and cherished fellowship with Him, we are assured that God will never leave us or forsake us…for we learn He loves us with a never-ending love.