In the dark…, or, in the light…

Luke 22:47-53

 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?  When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

 Sitting in the dark of the night, wrapped in its anonymity, the light of morning slowing inches its way from the East, beginning its march across the sky, growing to daylight and banishing the darkness back to its den for one more day. So the Word of God speaks to the darkness of the mind, wrapped in its anonymity, the light of His wisdom inches its way across the horizon of the mind, growing to understanding and banishing the darkness from the soul to the light of a new thought, new awareness, a transformed mind.

 1. …you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?…

2.  …should we strike with the swords?…

3.  …He touched his ear and healed him…

4.  …this is your hour, when darkness reigns…

 The contrast between light and dark, deceit and truth is painted with brushstrokes of violence and healing.  Betray with a kiss, love that is a lie followed by striking back with weapons of warfare, made by man and that provides an opportunity to demonstrate genuine love with the healing touch for one who is in darkness.  The begins an event when darkness attempts to overcome light and even at its start, it fails.

 Are we in darkness or light?


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