With swords and clubs under the cover of night

At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet you did not arrest me.”
Matthew 26.55 NET

To arrest the Lord the crowd, fronting the Jewish rulers, resorted to violence and the cover of night for their injustice. His crime was teaching in the light of day, in the midst of the people, challenging the power structure protected by priests and rulers in order to bring the presence of God to a people who had forgotten what it meant to be a holy nation. The One who welcomed children into his lap broke down the barriers to God erected not only by sin in general but especially by those who were supposed to represent the Almighty. He was indeed a threat to them, which they well understood. So they continue in the same vein to protect their interests by arresting the Lamb of God through violence and subterfuge.

Jesus heals the lonely soul and drives the rebellious into white-hot resistance. Which are you?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

4 thoughts on “With swords and clubs under the cover of night

  1. Really enjoy your comments and thoughts, just really getting to hard to read and see them doesn’t appear to have enough contrast on the page.

    1. Thanks, hmm, sorry that’s the case. I had wondered if the font was strong enough. Gimme a bit and we’ll see what we can do about that.

  2. I’m sure you ponder the tone of voice in many of Jesus’ sayings. These words, to me, are those of a man brutally disappointed with how unjust humanity could be.

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