Jesus and the Devil share one thing in common-both have their hour.
Good Friday is both the hour of darkness (“This is your hour, and the power of darkness” cf Lk 22:52-53) and the hour of Jesus (“When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” cf. Jn 13:1).
God planned the “Jesus Hour” since the garden of Eden. The “Jesus Hour” dominates the Gospel of John
- John 2:4 – And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
- John 7:30 – They sought therefore to take him: and no man laid his hand on him, because his hour was not yet come.
- John 8:20 – These words spake he in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man took him; because his hour was not yet come.
- John 12:23 – And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
- John 12:27 – Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But for this cause came I unto this
- John 13:1 – Now before the feast of the passover, Jesus knowing that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
- John 17:1 – These things spake Jesus; and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that the Son may glorify thee.”
Like Jesus we will have our “last hour” asking God for the same grace the Father gave His Son. Most feel like running from this hour (cf. Mark 14:50) but we must appeal to Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons for grace in the “Jesus Hour”.
When is My Hour?
Even though Peter failed the “Jesus Hour,” he grew in both grace and obedience so that he became aware of the coming of his hour. Peter writes, “because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me” (2 Peter 1:14). Like the second coming, there are many signs that predict our last hour. The sign might include sickness but it also might be a sense of “the time is drawing near.”
Be like Jesus. say to your heavenly Father, “My hour is come. May you be glorified in my death. Into your hands I commit my spirit.”