Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. So Judas left at once, going out into the night. (John 13:26-30)
Relate: Recently, I have been reading through the Exodus account in my personal time. One thing that always gets me is Pharaoh’s reaction before, during, and after each of the plagues. Moses comes and says, “Let my people go.” Pharaoh says, “No.” Moses says, “OK, then x is going to happen.” X happens. Pharaoh says “I’m sorry. You can go.” X stops. Pharaoh says, “Wait a minute, who all is going?” Moses says, “Everyone and everything.” Pharaoh says, “That’s not going to work. Only Y and Z may go.” Moses says, “Let my people go…” and the cycle goes around. Every time Pharaoh is willing to give up a little more but every time also the stakes are raised. Through the first nine cycles this is repeated. Finally, Moses says to him, “You will never see me again. This is what’s going to happen and you will wish with all your heart that you had let us go sooner.”
Moses was right. Pharaoh and all of Egypt were devastated as the firstborn throughout the land were all dead. Two million Israelites all left Egypt in one days time with all the plunder of the land. Pharaoh never did see Moses’ face again.
React: There comes a point in each person’s life when the opportunities have run out. There is a time when the door is shut. Pharaoh’s time had come. For Judas that moment came during the Passover meal. Satan entered him and Jesus, who had just issued another statement or warning on the matter just moments before now says to him, “Go. Do what you’re gonna do.”
I would step out on a limb and say that for most of us, the point of no return comes at death, but that is not certain for all. I will say that if you are worried that you have passed the point of no return in repenting and surrendering your life to God, then you almost certainly haven’t. Do it now while you still have that chance. Pharaoh was given many warnings before that door was finally shut. Heed your warning. Turn to God now before it is too late.
God, I recognize that You are holy and sin cannot stand in Your presence. I am a sinner. I am unworthy to stand before You. But You have made a way for my sins to be forgiven. You have paid the penalty I earned. The way is now open for my to come boldly into Your presence if only I will allow my sin, my pride, my greed, my ambition, my guilt… to be washed in Your blood. I understand that that way will not remain open forever. If I continue to reject and refuse Your grace, eventually my time will run out. So I come to You now. I surrender to You. I ask that Your grace cover me while there is still time. You are a gracious and merciful God, but You are also just. You are holy.