Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

Darkness of Night

Briefing: Most rookie police officers start their career on either the midnight shift or the evening shift. They spend most of their time in the darkness of night. This tends to be the most active part of the day for criminals, which makes it the most active part of the day for police too.

Dispatch (Assignment): Read Matthew 26:47-68. Do you have access to crime stats in your area to determine when the crime rate is at its highest?

On the Street: All the events of this story take place under the cover of darkness. Why do you think they took these actions at night? The chief priests have already said they did not want to arrest Jesus during the Passover celebration. Why the sudden change of heart? I believe the answer lies with the same reason most thieves and burglars do their work at night. It is easier to hide and go unnoticed when you have the cover of darkness.

I got into a vehicle pursuit one night with a stolen car. It was occupied by four kids who had just carjacked it. After a lengthy chase, the driver wrecked out and all four kids bailed. I went after the driver while my partner went after one of the other occupants. I was blessed to have "Air One" (one of the Dallas PD helicopters) following the chase. As I began to jump fences into back yards and chase this kid into areas that I had never been before, I quickly lost my bearings. I remember jumping a fence in the darkness, not knowing where I would land. All of a sudden, Air One's spotlight lit up the driver, who was waiting to ambush me on the other side of the fence. If Air One had not been there to illuminate the darkness below me, I might not be here today.

Cops carry flashlights and have spotlights on their cars. Our job is to bring light to dark places. In our own small way we reveal truth. We uncover the dark things going on not for good but for evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 speaks to our call to the light. It goes on to say we are sons of the light, not sons of the darkness.

Jesus says it best in John 3:19-21, "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God." The chief priest and elders chose to act in darkness rather than light.

Highlights from this Read: The confrontation and arrest of Jesus in the garden is between 1:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Jesus' first trial before Annas and the second trail at Caiaphas' took place between 1:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Investigational Resources: The other gospel accounts are in Mark 14:43-65, Luke 22:47-52 and John 18:12-24. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 is a great passage on light and darkness and our call to serve the light.

In John 12:35-36 and John 9:4, Jesus is the light of the world. He tells His disciples, "As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work".

Officer Safety Principle: Are you living in the light or hiding in the dark?

from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.