While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “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 said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 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.” (Luke 22:47-53)
Darkness had “an hour.”
Jesus yielded to “an hour” of darkness so that I could be redefined as a child of the light.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” of betrayal so that I my treason could be pardoned.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” of captivity so that I could be set free.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” of mocking so that I could rejoice.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” of beatings so that I could be healed.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” of shame so that I might not have to be ashamed.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” on the cross so that my body of sin might be brought to nothing.
Jesus yielded to “an hour” in the grave so that I might be raised to walk in newness of life.
Darkness had “an hour.” Because of Jesus, I have access to life everlasting.
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (2 Cor 9:15)