18:8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”
Normally I don't struggle to identify with Peter. Quick to speak. Slow to think. Always thinking he is right etc... but this night is different perhaps because the scenario is just so hard to wrap my head around.
I try to imagine what is going through his mind at this moment. He was just told maybe an hour ago or two before that he was going to run and deny even knowing Jesus. Now he is right beside Him swinging a sword even though outnumbered and certainly short on weapons compared with the soldiers. Odd though that he hits Malchus in the ear. Did he miss? Did Malchus move just in time? Was Peter going to kill a man right in front of Jesus? A man who was not even a soldier? What was he thinking? Was he thinking? Maybe he was anxious to prove his loyalty? Maybe he simply reacted from fear? Jesus has already "turned himself in". What was he hoping to achieve?
Whatever it was the act demonstrates clearly that Peter was completely on a different page than Jesus. It shows he is still trying to keep Him alive not realizing the time has come for the Lamb to die.
What lessons can we draw from Peter here?
1, It's possible to walking side by side with Jesus and still not have a clue.
2, Personal opinions of how things should be or how things should go die hard, if at all.
3, Personal opinions of how things should be or how things should go can drive us to do really well intentioned but stupid things.
4, Jesus does not need defending. His church does not need defending. Love wins without fighting. Put the sword away.
5, Even when we really mess up because of a lack of understanding or maturity Jesus knows our heart.
6, Jesus has miraculous ways of fixing our mistakes.
7, Think before you speak or pull your sword.
What lessons can we learn from Jesus here? There are many. I am choosing the three that impact me most this morning.
1, Jesus has accepted His mission in life as bitter and unfair as it is. "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising it's shame..."
We were never asked to love or even like the hand we were dealt. We are only asked to keep our eyes on Home and trust Him in the journey.
2, Jesus loves us enough to correct us when we are wrong, even in public.
3, Jesus loves His enemies so much that He heals one while being falsely accused and betrayed and arrested. What's even more amazing is that He knew his name. God knows my name, and is working on my behalf even when I'm working against Him.
"We love Him because He first loved us."