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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness” (Lk 22:53). The men who sought to seize Jesus had had plenty of opportunities to do so previously. But this day was different. They were finally pushed over the edge, and prodded to do something they normally wouldn’t have had the guts to do. What changed? Satan pushed them into action. Just as Jesus had His appointed hour to die, the Pharisees and scribes had their appointed hour to seize him. Satan had asked for authority over them; since they did not trust in Jesus, there was no Intermediary to stop Satan’s influence. Good men – even holy men – can do bad things when Satan has his way. But when you give your life to Jesus Christ, there is no way the enemy can touch you. When Satan asks for power over Christ’s disciples, Jesus Christ – our Intermediary – intercedes on our behalf and guarantees us safety.
“…at the name of Jesus every knee will bow” (Phil 2:10).
Father, thank You for Your protection! Thank You that the Name of Jesus Christ is the most powerful Name in the world! Thank You that the blood of Jesus Christ is the most powerful substance in the world! I know that every knee must bow at His Great Name!