Vs. 3, “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” This was not just the fault of the Jewish leaders or Judas Iscariot…it was a spiritual battle in which the enemy made his move. Please note: Remember…It is not possbile for Believers to be possessed by Satan. This was a cowardly and evil move by Judas. But the focus here is not on Judas, but Jesus. From the Last Supper, prayer on the Mount of Olives, Jesus arrested, etc…it begins the road of true suffering. It’s amazing to see Jesus’ patience and care in his love to others and obedience to the Father. Satan tried to defeat Jesus with Judas, at the Last Supper with Peter, in the garden and in the courts. But Jesus would conquer it all and more!
Regarding application…Not My Will. Vs. 42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus came to the Garden not to find out what God’s will or necessarily change it…rather, Jesus came to surrender to God’s will. There have been tons of books that have focused on determining the Will of God. There are all sorts of theories and interpretations…but when it comes down to it, Jesus gave us the answer. In one of my dearest passasges, this is the prayer that we all should pray daily in our lives. When you walk in God’s will, there is a peace that transcends all understanding. Deep down, we know when we are doing something selfishly rather than sacrificially. God’s will is that we walk with Him, read His word, pray, love others, etc. It isn’t as hard as we sometimes make it (as least in determining God’s will)…of course, it’s the most difficult thing to do when we surrender to it!