Narrated In 1 Gospel
Gospel Of Luke
When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.(Luke 22:49-51)
The situation is quite tense here. The pharisees, chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders have come to arrest Jesus. The disciples are enraged that their teacher and master will be harmed by this mob, so they get into action first without waiting for Jesus to give them permission. They asked, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" but did not wait for Jesus to answer.
We read this same event from the book of John where Peter is named as the one cutting off the high priest's servant's ear.
"Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" (John 18:10,11) John the Apostle doesn't mention Jesus healing the man but Luke does.
John also writes that Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" meaning that all this was happening according to his Father's will.
Peter was known for his rash attitude and here he displays it again. He must have done it because of his love for his master but he yet had to learn about 'agape love' which was his master's greatest virtue.
Later on standing before Pilate Jesus also stated:
"My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place." (John 18:36)
Jesus displayed his compassion here yet again by touching the hurt man's ear and healing him. That must have surprised many starting with his own disciples. Even some who had come to arrest him that day must have realized the kind heart that Jesus had. Though they were mad with rage regarding Jesus and did what they had planned to do, they must have thought about the event later on. Think about Malchus; we don't know the rest of his story but he must have had a testimony to tell his family and friends.
Jesus fulfilled what the psalmist said in Psalms 103:
"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." (Psalm 103:8)
Dr.Johnson Cherian M.D.PhD.
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