the influence of darkness

“Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. [Matthew 26:55-56 ESV]

Darkness has descended on the Garden of Gethsemene.
God the Son is being mistreated and manhandled.
Things are being done in darkness that would never survive the scrutiny of light.

Jesus confronts this darkness as he speaks of the cowardice of those who take him captive.
These would not confront him when he taught in temple but now come under cover of night.
The darkness of the heart of humanity is on display.

In light of this I cannot help but think of these two verses from the prophet Isaiah:
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter ...
By oppression and judgment he was taken away ...
John the Baptist and Isaiah both watch from Heaven as their words begin to take form.

In a moment the Lamb of God will begin his journey to slaughter.
And no one, save Jesus, has a clue - not one observer understands the magnitude of the moment.

He who came in peace is treated like a criminal and all of creation groans.
Darkness has descended and the Lamb of God is the only light shining.
A reminder to each of us of how darkness can influence what we do.

Help us Lord to be influenced by your Light.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.

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