Lenten Devotionals

Tuesday, April 16th

Author: John Collier
Verse: Luke 22:47-53
The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” 49 When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 50 Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”
Judas guided the people to a place where they could easily arrest Jesus. One disciple resisted, but Jesus seemed to say, “Do not oppose my arrest.” Then Jesus satirically rebuked the lack of openness by the oppositions' leaders, who had been afraid to arrest him publicly. Evil, you see, operates best in the darkness. Christ came to shed light on the evil activities of humanity.

Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of humans? God does. Who can save us from the power of darkness? God can. I believe Jesus is teaching us not to flee and fear the darkness of evil in this world. Our duty as Christians is to face the evil in this world and shed light -- the light of Christ -- upon it. Christ set his face toward Jerusalem and the Cross. He faced and triumphed over the worst that men could do, and I believe he wants us to do the same -- and we can with His help.
Dear God: grant us courage against evil when times are bleak. Grant us strength when we feel weak. Grant us comfort when we feel all alone. And, most of all, dear God, when the battle is over, bring us home. Amen.
What can we do today to bring light to a darkened world?