When Darkness Reigns   Leave a comment

Even though he wasn’t putting up a fight or trying to talk his way out of being arrested, Jesus made an incredibly profound statement when they came to take him. 

 “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 22:53, NIV.

 The story of Jesus’ betrayal has been taught and preached about since the day it happened.  It has been dissected and mulled over for centuries.  So instead of giving you all of the implications this event had in human or spiritual history, allow me to simply give you something to think about.
Judas’ betrayal of Jesus could just as easily be described as our own betrayal of Jesus.  If Jesus went to the cross for the purpose of offering the forgiveness of sins for all ages, then our sins indeed helped nail him to the cross.  I frequently tell people that if they were the only sinner in the world who needed a Savior, Jesus would have died just for that person.

The Bible teaches that we all fail Jesus and therefore betray the Lord.  In our lives, these are the moments when darkness reigns.  I would love to tell you that as a Pastor I am immune to this, but I find myself under just as much pressure as anybody else.  My temptations may be different from yours, but I share the same opportunities to compromise my faith as you.  Just like you, I sometimes fail and experience moments when darkness reigns.

While the coming hours for Christ were horrific, it is because he endured this gruesome event that you and I can rejoice in the fact that the day is coming when darkness will reign no more.  Even though we still experience some dark times in our lives, this too shall pass.  There is coming a day when all darkness will cease and the light of the Lord will fill all possible crevices. 

Since I do not condone sin in any form, allow me to suggest that you and I need to be constantly aware of the dark places in our hearts and lives.  May we be ever mindful to seek God’s forgiveness for our failures.  Understand the procedure of repentance, and bask in the light of forgiveness.  Do not allow darkness to reign in your life. 

When all is said and done, darkness will meet its final defeat.  Until then, may it be defeated in your life every day!   

 

 

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Easter, Holidays, Love of God, Sin

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