Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right 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 ?” So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied Him up.
In Part 3 of my continuing sermon leading-up to Resurrection Sunday I continue from the Gospel of John – Chapter 18. And that’s Verses 10 to 12. Peter wanted to prove his devotion to Christ, so he set out to physically fight against the Roman soldiers and Temple guards. This utter rebellion completely went against what Christ had taught His disciples earlier that evening. He did not want them to use violence – to use weapons – in a spiritual battle. His disciples – then and now – are not to fight for His life, for He suffered for us. He gave His life for us, so that we can live.
As Christians we will be persecuted along this journey by those who don’t believe and follow Christ. Persecution is being mocked and ridiculed for who and what we believe. It’s discrimination against us and special restrictive laws for us. It’s physical violence against us. Many Christians around the world believe and follow our God in total secrecy to protect their lives, but that’s not what God intended for us. During His short ministry here in this world He protected His disciples, and He prepared them by teaching them how to depend on The Holy Spirit for protection and wisdom once He returns to the Father. We have that same unlimited power of the Spirit living within us – if we truly believe in the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Our 3-in-1 God is very much alive today, and God The Holy Spirit guides and directs us from within every step of the way towards eternal life.
I’ll continue this journey through John Chapter 18 – next Sunday Scripture.
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