Put Your Sword Away

GUWG-SwordWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Led by Judas, the authorities came to arrest Jesus. Here’s what happened, according to eyewitnesses:

When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” Then Simon Peter, drew his sword and struck the high priest’s servant, Malchus, cutting off his right ear.

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! No more of this! For all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

(Matthew 26:47-54; Mark 14:43-47; Luke 22:47-51; John 18:1-11)

Avoid the temptation to take matters into your own hands using merely human, violent means. Seek to do God’s will through the power of the Holy Spirit with LOVE.

In case you’re at all like me and need a bit of a refresher on exactly what Jesus said about the last word in that last sentence, click here, here and here.

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