What Jesus Did! 'The Clash of Wills' — John 18:10-11

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Simon Peter had a sword. He took out the sword and struck the servant of the high priest. Peter cut off the servant's right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back in its place! I must accept the cup {of suffering} the Father has given me."
— John 18:10-11
Illustration of John 18:10-11 — "Put your sword back in its place! I must accept the cup {of suffering} the Father has given me."

Key Thought

Peter thought that the biggest battle would be between the forces of Jesus and the forces of religious and political authority. He was wrong. The biggest battle was one of the will. Jesus had the authority to call down angels to slay his enemies. He did not ask for their help, but instead offered himself up as a sacrifice to be our help. The battle was between Peter's earthbound vision of a worldly kingdom and Jesus' passion to glorify God by obeying his Father's will. So often, we try to battle Satan with worldly wisdom and worldly weapons. Our biggest battle, however, isn't with Satan, but our own will. Do we choose to obey? Do we obey when we don't understand or it doesn't make sense? Is our apparent victory less important than our obedience to God? Jesus chose the will of God. Will we?

Today's Prayer

Holy and gracious God, my Abba Father, I surrender my will to you to obey and honor you as you command. I offer my body as a living sacrifice to you. Use me as you so chose and mold my heart to be like that of Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus finished praying, he left with his followers. They went across the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden {of olive trees}. Jesus and his followers went there. Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers. Judas was the one that turned against Jesus. So Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden. Judas also brought some guards from the leading priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons. Jesus knew everything that would happen to him. Jesus went out and asked, "Who are you looking for?" The men answered, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I am Jesus." (Judas, the one that turned against Jesus, was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, "I am Jesus," the men moved back and fell to the ground. Jesus asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" The men said, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I told you that I am Jesus. So if you are looking for me, then let these other men go free." This happened so that the words Jesus said before would be true: "I have not lost any of the men you gave me." Simon Peter had a sword. He took out the sword and struck the servant of the high priest. Peter cut off the servant's right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back in its place! I must accept the cup {of suffering} the Father has given me."

John 18:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered, "You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah. No person taught you that. My Father in heaven showed you who I am. So I tell you, you are Peter. And I will build my church on this rock. The power of death will not be able to defeat my church. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. When you speak judgment here on earth, that judgment will be God's judgment. When you promise forgiveness here on earth, that forgiveness will be God's forgiveness." Then Jesus warned his followers not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. From that time Jesus began telling his followers that he must go to Jerusalem. Jesus explained that the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law would make him suffer many things. And Jesus told his followers that he must be killed. Then, on the third day, he would be raised from death. Peter spoke to Jesus alone. Peter began to criticize Jesus. Peter said, "God save you from those things, Lord! Those things will never happen to you!" Then Jesus said to Peter, "Go away from me, Satan ! You are not helping me! You don't care about the things of God. You only care about things that people think are important." Then Jesus said to his followers, "If any person wants to follow me, he must say 'No' to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross (suffering) that is given to him, and he must follow me. The person that wants to save his life will lose it. And every person that gives his life for me will save it.

Matthew 16:16-25

Simon Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you cannot follow now. But you will follow later." Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I am ready to die for you!"

John 13:36-37

"Now I am very troubled. What should I say? Should I say, 'Father save me from this time {of suffering}'? No, I came to this time so that I could suffer. Father, do what will bring you glory!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have already brought glory to myself. I will do it again."

John 12:27-28

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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