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The next miracle in our series is Restoring A Severed Ear …This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 22:47-51.

In our account of this miracle we find Christ being approached by those who were out to harm Christ through betrayal, false accusations, and abuse of political, religious and judicial authority.  The account of what took place during this confrontation is described in His Word… And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? 

His disciples allowing their flesh to react in the heat of the moment lashed out at His accusers… “When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?  And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear”

Here we see the grace, kindness and love of our Lord on display as He reached out His hand to heal those who were set to misuse and harm Him… And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.”  Following this gracious act, His accusers arrested Him and took Him to the house of the high priest for further questioning.

In the performance of this miracle, we find our Lord setting for us the perfect example of forgiveness and love for those who are opposed to us.  We find this directive brought out in Scripture in Matt 5:43-47… Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?

And let’s keep in mind, if He was not gracious and forgiving towards His enemies, He would have never saved us nor brought us into communion with Him in Rom 5:8-11…. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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12 Comments

  1. Thank you for this, Rob. This was one of my Bible readings this morning, and your post sheds light on what I just read all the more!

  2. Susan Michaels says:

    What an amazing scene. It got me thinking about what it would have been like if this was all happening in today’s news. Cameras zooming in on the action — ‘police’ shoving Jesus around, and a person in the crowd caught up in it all and getting attacked and losing his ear — and then having the ear suddenly restored. I would have thought such an astounding miracle might have stopped everyone in their tracks. But Jesus was arrested. And only heaven will tell if the man who was healed and any other witnesses around at the time were profoundly changed by this miracle. Wonderful article, Rob!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Susan…. Very good point. It is very hard to believe that an event like that would not have changed many who saw it…. but I guess we have to always remember without the Lord intervening in their hearts by His grace their sin hardened heart would not be swayed no matter what they saw Him do. That is the state of every man’s heart before Christ intervenes.

  3. granbee says:

    Let us seek to love others as God loves us–unfailingly!

  4. Actually the crux of my comment is similar to what one other person said…and that is ..that the man whose ear he healed instantly and all the rest must have been taken aback by what they were doing…arresting such a man that would do this for a ‘supposed’ enemy ….Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree what a wonderful testimony Christ had in the eyes of those who saw His ministry. Because He was only doing the will of His father, He was teaching about the Father through His actions as well as showing them truths about Himself. Lord bless.

  5. A great reminder of what our response should be when people attack us. While this most likely will not be a physical attack, we should respond the same way to a verbal attack or to a ‘behind-the-back’ attack. We should be forgiving and seek to rectify the wrong.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN. Angela, you are so right! It is not an easy thing to do, but it is a very necessary thing to do. It is all a part of showing Christ’s love and kindness to a lost and dying world. May the Lord bless you.

  6. Debbie says:

    Really blessed, Pastor Rob. Thank you for your obedience to Him to do these posts. Something happened that hurt . . .someone despising me, using me. I am always blown away when I am able through Him to respond in love in the moment. But afterward, I’ve found myself needing to go back to Jesus about it, forgiving the person, again and yet again. You explaining what is really going on during these times helps! God bless you!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Debbie,

      The Lord is certainly a gracious Lord. Not only does He equipt us and accompany us as we face opposition and abuse, but He is so kind in teaching us, explaining to us, and setting the example for us. What a blessing it is to serve such a great, kind Lord!

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