A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Luke 22:63-71

As we consider the Jewish trials of Jesus, we discover that they were filled with darkness. The laws broke by the Jewish authorities in the first two “pretrials” are numerous, but this was due to the hardness of their hearts, the darkness of their minds and their hatred of Jesus; and the trial held during the day only served to put a veneer of legality over all their illegal actions during the night. Truly this was the hour of the power of darkness that Jesus mentioned when he was being arrested. The sinless one was condemned. The blasphemers accused the Son of God of blasphemy. But into this darkness, the light of who Jesus was (and is) shines forth. We see it in his titles and their meaning. He is the prophesied Christ (Messiah) who would bring salvation to Jew and Gentile alike; he is the prophesied Son of Man who is given an everlasting kingdom and an eternal rule; and he is the Son of God who is in control of all things – even in the midst of the hour of the power of darkness. In him we can take hope for our salvation. In him we can take hope that he is with us as the Christ, the Son of Man and the Son of God in our darkness.