Sunday, January 22

Who does this?

Scripture: Genesis 43-44, Luke 22

Luke 22:48–51 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”49 When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we use our swords?”50 Then one of them struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

Observation

“Will you betray me with a kiss?” I believe Jesus is appealing to his long friendship with Judas. In Matthew’s version of the arrest (26:50), Jesus calls Judas “friend.” It could be that Jesus was reaching out to Judas right up to the final moment, hoping to win him back. Josh pointed out in this morning’s message that Jesus washed Judas’ feet at the last supper, knowing that Judas had already betrayed him. At the very least, Jesus reminds Judas of their friendship. 

Meanwhile, Peter springs to Jesus’ defense and clumsily swings his sword and de-ears the high priest’s servant. Jesus quickly puts a stop to the violence. “Enough!” he says. And Jesus heals the man’s ear—a man who has come to arrest him, a sworn enemy. 

Who does this?

Jesus.

Application

And us.

We are to love our enemies, pray for them and bless them and do good to them. Luke 6:27-38

Jesus led the way for us through his betrayal, arrest and crucifixion—circumstances far more difficult and intense than any we’ll likely face. Think of your worst betrayal, your deepest wound. Now ask Jesus to give you his grace to not only forgive, but to love your enemy and do good for them.

As Josh said this morning: not easy, but true, good, and right.

Prayer: I love you Lord and I confess that I don’t naturally love my enemies. I need your help, your love, your grace. Help me!