Matthew 26:50–54 (English Standard Version)
Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
Matthew’s account of Jesus’ last hours before He was crucified provides several interesting details. One is when Peter tried to defend Jesus by attacking those who came to arrest Him. However, Peter’s actions were rebuked by Jesus. We can learn from this that the weapons of our warfare are not physical. Using physical armory in spiritual battles will only end in defeat.
The second interesting point was that Jesus did not have to suffer and die; He made the decision to be obedient even unto death. Had He chosen, He could have asked the Father to send a heavenly host of angelic warriors. We can learn from this that there are times when it is the LORD’s will that we suffer for the greater good.
Another point stressed by Jesus is that His suffering and death were according to the Scriptures. When we learn to view the world’s events through the eyes of the Scriptures, things tend to take on a different perspective. It becomes much easier for us to accept something that’s not right, knowing that it was foretold long ago.
God’s Word for today tells us how much God loves us. But it also prepares us to accept God’s will for our lives and can comfort us when the world appears to be out of control.