Monday, January 7, 2013

SIH’s Think On These Things: Restoring A Severed Ear

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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