I was listening to a song called My Deliverer by Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band on You Tube today and someone had overdubbed the song onto cuts from a movie on the Life of Christ. As I was watching and listening there was a clip of Peter cutting the ear off the servant of the High Priest in the Garden of Gethsemane and that started me thinking.
First, it shows the amazing compassion of Jesus even for the people who were there to arrest Him and deliver Him to the cross. “And when those who were about Him saw what would follow, they said, ‘Lord shall we strike with the sword?’ And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And He touched his ear and healed him.” Luke 22:49-50
I know when troubles come my way it becomes easy for me to become self absorbed and block out everything else that is happening around me. I have a great propensity to feel sorry for myself when everything doesn’t go my way. But Jesus, in spite of the turmoil and knowledge that His entire earthly ministry for mankind is about to come to a crashing end, has compassion for a man who is part of the most wicked conspiracy in the history of the world.
When Jesus reached out and touched the stump where the ear once was and then the ear reappeared what must the soldiers, priests, servants and even the disciples thought? Here the agents of the High Priest and the Roman occupation came face to face with a miracle. How could they not be moved and touched by such a happening?
Secondly, these men, instead of falling on their face and worshipping, seized and led Jesus into captivity, torture, and death. How is it to be so hard hearted that they couldn’t see a miracle before their very eyes? How could they not at least have paused to consider that Jesus is much more than a common criminal?
Thirdly, I wonder what ever happened to the servant who had his ear reattached or a new ear created for him? When Jesus was crucified did the Spirit speak to his heart and did he respond? What did he tell his friends, family, and neighbors? Did he tell the story over and over to any one who would listen about the amazing thing that happened to him on the night they arrested Jesus or did he go about his business and never give it a second thought?
Lastly, the grace of God was poured out to the arresting officers and soldiers that evening through the incident with the ear. I think God gave them one more chance to turn away from their fate by showing them who He really was. These military men were use to wounds and knew how fatal they could become if left untreated. They had watched many of their comrades bleed to death because of a lack of medical attention. And as the man’s ear fell to the ground under the sword blow they probably thought this man also would die before they could get him any attention. Being a servant or slave, they had even less motivation to worry about him.
Then Jesus heals the broken, dying man before their very eyes. What an amazing testimony of God’s grace that, even at this terrible hour, He is pouring out His love upon these men. At this late date they could surrender their hearts to the man of miracles that could restore men such as them. Yet the miracle, the pleading of the Spirit, the kindness of Jesus was all pushed aside and they led Him away to Calvary’s cross.
The song My Deliverer touches my heart like a lit torch and brings me to my knees before my Sovereign Lord and I pray your heart will be touched as well by the thing called grace.
* Please take the time to read some of the stories of Christians who are experiencing persecution for their total commitment to Christ. They need our support and prayers.. http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/ there is much more on the internet…