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Open your Bible to Luke chapter 22...Luke chapter 22. I want to read the text before us, the text that we will discuss this morning.

Verse 1, Luke 22, "Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread called the Passover was approaching. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death for they were afraid of the people. And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the Twelve. And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad and agreed to give him money. And he consented and began seeking a good opportunity to betray Him to them, apart from the multitude."

To the superficial reader of the account leading up to the cross of Jesus Christ, it might appear that the architects of this event were none other than the hypocritical religious leaders of Israel, the blackmailed Roman governor Pilate, Judas the betrayer, and behind it all, none other than Satan. To the superficial reader, it might look like this was Satan's plan. And he pulled it off using some of the agents in his kingdom. Remember, Jesus had said in John 8 to the Jewish leaders, "You are of your father, the devil." And Jesus also spoke of Judas as one who was himself a devil.

Was it Satan's plan? Did Satan want Jesus dead? Did God have to scramble to try to make something out of this satanic enterprise? Well, that's exactly opposite the truth. Everything happened within the framework of God's will. Everything happened within the boundaries and the parameters of divine purpose....

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