Performance In Christianity series
Restored Ear Of Malchus- Performance of Jesus
The performance of Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane in the Mount of Olives is our subject of interest. The narrative of Luke 22:28-38 of particular, notes the mention of swords indicating that Jesus knew what was about to happen before it happens, further sanctioning the need of approval of the Father for Him to share in omnipresence and to restore the Temple Guard, Malchus (John 18:10). This is not a popular preaching subject because we often ignore the progress of performance in Faith as a point of interest (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Mark 14:47-48, recounts this narrative without the details of the participants and presents in short style his reckoning; this may be due to several issues and Mark notes the cutting of the ear but fails to describe the restoration and jumps immediately to the rebuke of Jesus to the Romans.
Luke 22:50-51, Lukes doesn't call out Peter either and makes the common reference "one of them," which could refer to one of the two who were armed with swords. Luke, without distinguishing the named parties, does include the miraculous healing touch. This is, in fact, the highlight, what Jesus does is the performance of faith; however, we also find interest in the surrounding narratives. Due consideration is that Jesus, who was never afraid, could have made a statement to His disciples about carrying a weapon in the garden. Watchman Nee, in his article (Two Swords), states that everything is not spiritual and somethings are just what they are. We feel there is a necessity to peel the layers of what is not apparent and consider the construction of the events from Luke 22 as Jesus prepares to perform as directed by God for the testimony of the promise (Matthew 26:38-39).
John 18:10-11, in John's narrative, people are named. Simon Peter was distempered and thought he was a soldier- a real soldier of the cross, but Jesus left this record to correct the misunderstanding. Peter definitely had advanced sword skills because, without skill, he could have done more than cut off Malchus' ear. The sword from our perspective was a statement that reflected the Word personified; the weapons of our warfare are not carnal... (2 Corinthians 10:4) having a weapon is not the same as having the wisdom of knowing when to use it. Jesus reacted to the violence by Peter with solace and accepted His disposition with Grace.
And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out [his] hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
The LORD Is There, Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35), we thank You for knowing when we are fighting and how to fight. We praise You because You understand our weakness and restore us in our mistakes. We decree and declare blessings upon those who walk in the wisdom of Your salvation so that; by the Work of Your Faith, we carry the Truth and accept our cup. Now, for the Kingdom and the Glory of God, we petition, with anointing in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, Amen.