Luke 22:47-53 Jesus arrested
“While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 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.”
Jesus was surrounded by his enemies, where as he said, darkness reigned. Yet still his compassion was evident, he didn’t miss a beat, while others, his followers, wanted to strike back with vengeance. And they did, they struck a servant, someone who had no influence to stop what was happening, someone who served the high priest. They cut off his ear. Who would care for this person, this servant, who nobody else probably thought was important, but Jesus did. Jesus’ compassion remained the same, he reached out and touched the man, and healed him.
Jesus, the light of the world, who is, who was, and who is to come, today continues to reach out, when we still think, the darkness reigns. And touches people with his love, with his compassion. He calls us to follow him, in reaching out, with his love to others. In times when we feel discouraged, watching the news, when it seems like there’s no light anywhere, we do see answers to prayers, and the Lord’s presence in the midst of trouble.
I pray that your relationship with the One who gave himself for us all will be deepened this Easter, and that you may know the Lord Jesus as your Saviour. My prayers are with you for a blessed Easter!