Let’s not chop off any more ears!
Luke 22: 49-53 “When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
John’s gospel reveals the servants name was Malchus and that it was Peter who chopped off his ear with his sword (a dagger).
The enemy comes in the darkness and the ‘Church’ rises in the chaos and the confusion. We don’t know what the enemy is doing but we are rattled. We didn’t expect this attack, it feels like an enemy within for this crowd are not the Gentile soldiers, but we are ready. Our daggers are at hand. We have Jesus to protect, our Messiah. We have to stand for true righteousness. The manipulative kiss was unbelievable. But here now comes the pressure of the enemy. So we swing out. We react. We push back.
We hurt because we are hurt.
But wait. Here comes Jesus.
In the darkness He heals the enemies of the kingdom. Jesus heals what the Church harmed.
And a voice shouts, “No more of this!” Surely Jesus is speaking to the enemy eh? “No more attacking, I will come with you!” Surely?
I mean, He wouldn’t be speaking to the Church would he? “No more reacting. Stop fighting back.”
Maybe the Church behaves more like the enemy than we should.
Spirit, make us more like Christ!