Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7 Jesus asked again, “Who are you after?”
They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
8-9 “I told you,” said Jesus, “that’s me. I’m the one. So if it’s me you’re after, let these others go.” (This validated the words in his prayer, “I didn’t lose one of those you gave.”)
10 Just then, Simon Peter, carrying a sword, pulled it from its sheath and struck the Chief Priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. Malchus was the servant’s name.
11 Jesus ordered Peter, “Put back your sword. Do you think for a minute I’m not going to drink this cup the Father gave me?”
-John 18:7-11 The Message
Verse 7: Therefore, He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
Verse 8: Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,”
Verse 9: to fulfill the word He spoke, “Of those You have given Me I lost not one.”
Verse 10: Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus.
Verse 11: So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”
Verses 10-11 study: To protect Jesus, Peter pulled a sword and wounded a high priest’s slave. Jesus told him to put the sword away. At times, we like to take over God’s plans. Which is something we shouldn’t do. Instead, trust God with his plans. If Jesus allowed Peter to continue with his plan, Jesus would have never gone to the cross; God’s plans of redemption would have stopped.
Verse 11 study: The cup means suffering, isolation, and death that Jesus endured to atone for the sins of the world.
Father, we rush plans that you have for us because not all of us are sure of your plans. That’s the point to trust and wait for you because you have perfect planning. Let us remember this when we try to interfere with your plans. In Jesus’ name. Amen!