verse 51: But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Judas led a crowd to Jesus, in order to betray him. One of Jesus’ followers cut off the ear of a servant of the priest in the crowd. Jesus rebuked him and healed the man’s ear. To me, Jesus seems to be stating outright he will not condone any violence on his account. How we as believers have strayed from this teaching over the last 2000 years! How many lives lost, in the name of God? How many people have been ridiculed, outcast, punished or killed because of their beliefs?
Lord, we are a broken world and have lost our way. We are your creation, and as such, each of us is precious. You taught us to love and respect one another. We can do better. Amen