In the account of Judas’ agreement with the chief priests and scribes – we see a plot to put Jesus to death. It is easy to understand why the chief priests and scribes wanted to put Jesus to death – their hypocrisy had been revealed over and over again, and they were losing the respect and support of the people because of this (and because of Jesus’ popularity). Judas appears to be driven by greed (see John 12:1-8). But behind it all was God’s archenemy – Satan. From the beginning he has been trying to thwart God’s plan of having a people for himself – and now he rears his ugly head once more. The time will come, of course, where it appears that all their plotting paid off – but what they didn’t know that even their plotting served God’s plan – to bring about redemption. God was in control of both the event of Jesus’ death and its timing. We see this played out in the account of Jesus’ instructions to Peter and John about where to prepare the Passover meal to be eaten. This would have been a great time for Judas to betray the Lord and have him arrested “by stealth” (Matthew 26:4), but Jesus had much to accomplish in the Upper Room, and God’s plan was for him to be sacrificed (killed) while the Passover lambs were being slain in the temple. So Jesus’ plans are definite enough to help Peter and John find the right place, but indefinite enough to hide the location from Judas. From this passage we are reminded that God is sovereign over all and he is working all things – even the sinful plotting of evil men to serve his purposes. What great hope there is for us in this truth! We are also reminded of the necessity of keeping our lives free from the love of money (and by implication, other idols) that will make us turn away from Christ.