Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 7, 2019

“Stop! No more of this.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 22:47-53.

“While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him.  But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”  When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”  And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.  But Jesus answered and said, “Stop!  No more of this.”  And He touched his ear and healed him.  Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber?  While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me;  but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”  Luke 22:47-53.

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It is easy for us to lash out in revenge at others for the slightest offenses, even when we deserve it or even when the perceived offense may not have been intentional.

But, here was the greatest offense.  Jesus knew that they would beat Him, cause him other great suffering, and then crucify Him.

Jesus also knew that He did not wrong:  “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber?”  Verse 52.

Jesus had every justification and ability to destroy them.  “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”  Matthew 26:53.

But, Jesus did not defend Himself.  When one of Jesus’ followers in the crowd.cut off the ear of the slave of the high priest, Jesus said:  “Stop!  No more of this.”  Moreover, Jesus even healed him.

Other doctrine believes that what comes to us comes to us through man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine believes that what comes to us comes to us through God’s sovereignty.

Q.  28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.  Heidelberg Catechism.  

Jesus entrusted Himself to God and knew that the suffering and death that He would experience was part of God’s will for him.

We may pray that we do not experience persecutions, trials, and troubles, “saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me”, but, we also add in our prayer as Jesus did, “yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  Luke 22:42.

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.  “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK;  FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:19-21.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven;  for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:43-48.


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