Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour – when darkness reigns.” (Luke 22:52-53)
Jesus spotlights hypocrisy. By day he taught in the temple courtyard, yet they come for Him at night with weapons as though He were a criminal. His mission wasn’t rebellious. He came so people would return to God, not to return Israel to the Jews. He taught to lay down our swords and heal our enemies with love.
It’s frightening when darkness reigns, the hours we’ve let the enemy rule our lives and abandoned Jesus. But, hopefully, we’ve learned our lesson. This time we’re going to stay with Jesus on our journey to the cross. This first time to the cross, John was the only apostle who remained. For most it takes multiple journeys to realize we’re better off to let Jesus be in control.
Dearest Father in heaven, I love and esteem You. Help me grip your hand tightly as you lead me down the path of righteousness, fulfilling Your will. Help me exchange my sword of anger and anxiety for Your spiritual sword of conviction and healing. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.