Study of Matthew 26:47-56; John 18:1-11 ~ My answers to study questions
3. a. If Jesus hadn’t moved quickly to restore the high priest servant’s severed ear, Simon Peter surely wouldn’t have lived to fulfill his calling.
b. The other disciples might have been arrested or worse. Peter’s action would have been punishable by death.
c. Jesus already told the disciples what would happen to Him. In Matthew’s account, Jesus tells Simon Peter, 52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
It is not clear to me why Jesus earlier instructed his disciples to purchase swords and take them along. Yet when Peter used the sword, Jesus said, “all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” Do you have any thoughts about this possible contradiction?
Simon Peter thought he should begin carrying a sword right away. And use it.
Restoring Malchus’ severed ear was one last miraculous sign of Jesus’ healing power. Yet the high priest STILL supported the crucifixion.
d. A specific situation from my own life doesn’t immediately come to mind. When I am not “on the same page” with God’s will, I’m generally unaware of my incorrect assumptions.
The only advice I have for myself and others is to seek understanding, truth, and guidance from the Holy Spirit. And to remain tuned in so that I don’t unknowingly (or knowingly) behave contrary to His plans and purposes.
Even though Jesus directly—face to face—told Simon Peter about God’s plan, Simon Peter still messed up.
The good news—Jesus fixed the mess, and didn’t write Simon Peter out of future plans.
We have a redeemer.
Grace and mercy abound.
There is still hope for me!
4. a. Jesus’ humiliation in the Gospels
- Jesus’ own disciple, Judas, betrayed Him with a kiss.
- Everyone deserted him and fled. Mark 14:50
- They spit in His face.
- They struck Him with their fists.
- Some slapped Him.
- They mocked Him saying, “Prophesy to us. Who hit you?”
b. Jesus’ majesty in the Gospels
- And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:62 NASB
- My favorite reference is this: So when He told them, “I am He,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. John 18:6 (HCSB) One commentary says there were over 600 men present. Including this instance, there are eight times in the scriptures where experiencing the awesome presence of God caused people to become weak and retain no strength in their physical bodies. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
- Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed. John 17:5 HCSB
- Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation. John 17:24b HCSB
- He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light. Matthew 17:2 HCSB
- When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Matthew 25:31 HCSB
c. Jesus’ shows concern for His followers when He is arrested.
- Jesus restored Malchus’ severed right ear.
- Jesus said, “No more of this.” concerning wielding the sword in His defense.
- Jesus replied. “So if you’re looking for Me, let these men go. John 18:8
d. Examples of Jesus’ fulfillment of prophecy
- This was to fulfill the words He had said: “I have not lost one of those You have given Me.” John 18:9 HCSB
- Mark 14:49 Jesus said, But the scriptures must be fulfilled. He was referring to Isaiah 53:7. He also fulfilled this when He did not answer their questions and defend Himself.
- Lamentations 4:20a The Lord’s anointed, the breath of our life, was captured in their traps.
- Psalm 41:9 Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me.
- Isaiah 50:6 I gave My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard. I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting.
- Isaiah 53:2-11 is the most quoted prophetic passage about Jesus. Jesus Himself read from this following His forty days in the desert.
- Prophecy about Judas and the 30 pieces of silver in Zechariah 11:12-13 fulfilled in Matthew 26:14-17.