As I did my pre-reading for this Sunday’s sermon at Redemption Hill Church, the verse that moves me most is Luke 22:53. It has such richness that I cannot comprehend fully, especially when I read it in light of the rest of the scripture. I’m just blown away.
It is with regards to “the hour” that Jesus mentions, and I make a couple of observations.
What is this hour?
According to Mark 14:42, it is clear. It refers to the hour at which the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.Mark 14:41
What is this hour an expression of?
This is where I’m most blown away. From scripture, two opposing ideas are expressed.
- Here in Luke 22:53, it says it is an expression of the power of darkness
- But in John 12:23, it says it is the hour for the Son of Man to be glorified.
And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.John 12:23
As such, scriptures attest that this hour, this expression of the power of darkness, is, at the same time, the hour of glorification of the Son of Man. It reminds me of Genesis 50:20.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.Genesis 50:20
What Judas will do, in his act of betrayal, meant for evil against Jesus, God meant it for good. And this is the truth that blows my mind.
It seems clear that God can use man’s greatest sin of killing the Son of Man to bring about His greatest good. If he can do that, surely He can make good of any smaller sins. This must also mean all the challenges I face are for my good, and most importantly, His good.
This truth is soothing to the ears and comforting to my soul.
Father, I pray that you help me understand your sovereignty. Help me see your hands in even the darkest moments of my life, help me know the good you are doing. Even if I don’t, give me that faith to journey on for your Kingdom.
A side note regarding Redemption Hill Church: at this church, the elders engage in mostly expository preaching. What I find is most helpful for me is that the leaders let us know the text that will be preached the following week. This allows me to actively listen to God’s word as I can then come prepared for each sermon. You can view the bulletin of each week’s worship to see this.