Oh that evil serpent, the devil, always trying to test us. Hoping God's children will turn away from Him. Thank God for His love and for giving us strength to endure.
Just look how he tested the disciples. It says in the Bible he asked (so he has to ask permission!) to sift Simon as wheat. We all know the outcome of that, Simon betrayed Jesus three times, said he didn't know Him. The thing is, he never lost faith in Jesus!
He was just scared. Jesus knew that, that's why He said that he prayed for Simon that he might not lose faith. Jesus knew he would return to Him (his faith), so he told him that when he does, he must strengthen his brethren. :)
31 And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
After Simon betrayed Jesus, he realized what he had done, what Jesus said he would do. He cried bitterly. That really touched my heart. I put myself in that position and think what if that was me, would I have been scared like Simon and done the same? So let's not judge other people, put yourself in their position, walk a mile in another man's shoe.
61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus knew Judas Iscariot would betray Him. Satan was involved in that too, he possessed Judas!
21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me."
26 Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."
Jesus said all these things had to happen, just as it was written in the scriptures, so that it could be fulfilled. All for us!! For our sins! Thank you Jesus for what you did for us to get us back in the right relation with the Father, our Creator. I will love you all my days.
Thanks for reading, may the Lord bless you! :)