Lenten Devotion: A Blow for Liberty

… “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” (Luke 22:49b).

Read Luke 22:35-38 47-53

While still in the upper room, Jesus had told His disciples, “Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” The disciples had answered, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” When Jesus said, “It is enough,” Peter took one of those swords along to the Mount of Olives.

Now as they see Jesus surrounded by the temple guards, the disciples ask if He wants them to attack with the sword. But before Jesus can answer, Peter draws out his sword and strikes it against a guard standing nearby. Apparently, he was trying to split the man’s skull and missed, cutting off his right ear instead. It may seem strange for one lone man to attack a whole company of armed men, but Peter was going to do his part to set Jesus free.

Knowing Peter’s attack could lead the guards to draw their swords and attack the disciples, Jesus steps forward and takes charge of the situation. He miraculously heals the servant’s ear and brings peace and order back to the garden. This will be Jesus’ last miracle before His death and resurrection. It is important to note He does it for one of the enemies who has come to arrest Him and lead Him to His death.

Does Judas see this miracle? It is proof that Jesus is still concerned for His enemies. He is willing to forgive Judas and restore him-if only he will believe it in his hour of guilt and regret.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You put Peter’s sword back into its sheath and showed kindness to a stricken enemy, as You went forward to save us by Your suffering and death. In all times, and especially in danger, help me entrust myself into Your mighty hands. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

*Thank you to Lutheran Hour Ministries for providing this devotion.


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