What Jesus Did! 'When the Power of Darkness Reigns' — Luke 22:49-53

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The followers of Jesus were standing there too. They saw what was happening. The followers said to Jesus, "Lord, should we use our swords?" And one of the followers did use his sword. He cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. Jesus said, "Stop!" Then Jesus touched the servant's ear and healed him. The group that came to arrest Jesus were the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, and the Jewish soldiers. Jesus said to them, "Why did you come out here with swords and sticks? Do you think I am a criminal? I was with you every day in the temple area. Why didn't you try to arrest me there? But this is your time—the time when darkness (sin) rules."
— Luke 22:49-53 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:49-53 NLT — "Lord, should we use our swords?"

Key Thought

We forget, I fear, that we don't live in this world alone. We face a foe seeking to harm us. He seeks to disable, discredit, and destroy us. He will have his moments of victory, leading us to stumble and fall. There will be times on this earth when the power of darkness does reign. However, because Jesus won the ultimate victory in this battle beginning in the garden and leading to the Cross, our victory in our war against Satan, sin, and death is assured. Darkness had its moment, but it could not snuff out the light of God. The light and love of God reign because of the victory of Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Father, please never let me forget that in your Son, I have the ultimate victory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Romans 8:35-37
  • Acts 26:16-18


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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