10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear (The servant’s name was Malchus).
The night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, it was dark and unclear as to “who was who”. Judas greets Jesus with a kiss so that the temple guards know whom to arrest. Peter responds by doing a very brave thing, he takes one of the two swords among the followers of Jesus and strikes to defend Jesus but it’s the wrong thing to do and the wrong time. Unfortunately, Malchus was in the wrong place at the wrong time and loses the tip of his ear lobe to Peter’s sword. Jesus will not allow bloodshed that night or give any one reason to arrest his friend Peter for assault with a deadly weapon. John is the only gospel writer who mentions the name of the man whose ear lobe was slashed off then restored by Jesus. It became a bit of an apologetic for the story – as long as Malchus was living, having read his name in this gospel, anyone could look him up and ask, “Was your ear lobe sliced off that night and did Jesus heal you? Malchus, his children and his grandchildren would all bear witness to the events of that night and thus to the truth of the whole story. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen!” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the nation of China. Pray for China’s leaders and for all those who are in authority. May they call on God for the wisdom to lead this country.