“Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given Me?”
Who says that the Bible is boring? It’s full of love, action and captivating stories of faith and endurance that can keep you going for hours. Yet more than just for entertainment purposes, it has the power to transform your life with its eternal truths.
Jesus in today’s verse, highlights to us, the readers, that His arrest, firstly was not supposed to be a physical fight, but a spiritual battle, and secondly, it was not that Jesus couldn’t defend Himself, but rather that He chose to humbly surrender Himself for the sake of humanity; a fact highlighted by Jesus’ words in Matthew 26:53, when He said, “Don’t you realise that I could ask My Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and He would send them instantly?” Jesus knew that He had to die for the sins of the world. This further shows us that Jesus’ fully and sacrificially laid down His life down for us, to win us the greatest victory of all time: victory over sin and death.
We too now live in this victory; a victory not won by physical strength or prowess, but won in humility and sacrificial love. We also are not in a physical battle but a spiritual war against the enemy and his angels. Yet, as Christ’s death and resurrection boldly and clearly tells us, victory is already ours. We fight from a place of victory not for victory. So put your physical sword back in its sheath, put on your armour of God, and fight not for victory but from victory. The battle has been won and we are fruits of that triumph.