But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish[a] by the sword (Matthew 26:52 NKJV).
One of the remarkable things that happened at the height of Jesus’ arrest was how he reacted to the situation. Naturally, human beings have the tendency to defend and protect themselves. As God-Man in the flesh, Jesus had every right to defend himself when the soldiers came to arrest him; however, he chose not to do that.
But, his disciples took a different approach. Peter drew his sword and cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. Jesus immediately rebuked him by saying; “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me” (John 18:11)? Here, we see that, Jesus have a different perspective on the pain and suffering he has to face. To the disciples, there was nothing wrong to defend their master; if soldiers had come to arrest him for no apparent reason. They saw it as their duty to fight to protect him.
Jesus saw his suffering as part of God’s plan for his life; hence, he told Peter; Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me” (John 18:11b)? Jesus knew that, his Father has destined him to face the cross; by shedding his blood for the salvation of mankind. He knew that, the path to the cross would not be easy. He also knew it will begin with Satan entering into the heart of Judas to betray him. From this betrayal, everything will snowball into more pain and suffering.
Jesus performed his last miracle when he healed and restored the right ear of the high priest’s servant. He did this in the face extreme provocation from his enemies. His action is another example he gave us. We have to know how to react in the face of extreme provocation to anger. We’re to do good to our enemies; and not pay them back for the evil they do to us. Always, we have to remind ourselves of these words Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said; “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44 NKJV). Yes, as children of God, we’re called to show love and do good to those who cause us pain and suffering because, by doing that, we will be heaping coals of fire on their heads (Proverbs 25:22).
As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Do send this study to your contacts as well.
Dr. Charles Mantey
Disiciples Revival Church
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