30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of the world comes, and he has nothing in Me.
There is the expression that ‘time and tide wait for no man’, meaning that certain events that are fixed in time cannot be changed or altered by any one. No human being can have any effect on when a solar eclipse is going to take place, or how long it’s duration, or whether it is partial or total. Such an event is totally outside the control of any human being.
Jesus was moving ever closer to an event that He had chosen to submit Himself to: His arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. ‘Time and tide’ were at His bidding. He was in control of what was happening. Therefore, He knew that He had very little time left to speak with His disciples, and that the ruler of the world was approaching.
He was able to approach because He had the permission of Jesus to approach.
This is an important thing for us to remember in our own personal walk with Jesus.
Satan may be stalking us, but we can defend ourselves with the armour of God.
Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Ephesians:
put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[e] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere – Ephesians 6.13-18 (NLT).
Jesus has not left us helpless in the struggle against the enemy, but He has given us the equipment to stand against the tide of his attacks.