This is the 4th of my Holy Encounters with Jesus series.
The first three:Woman at the Well The Canaanite Woman Woman with Alabaster Box
(Bible readings: Luke 22: 47-54; John 18: 1-12)
The Lord Jesus Christ was on the Mount of Olives with His disciples. A multitude, composed of chief priests, captains of the temple, and elders, led by the betrayer, Judas, came to arrest Him. Peter drew out his sword and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
During the dark days of my illness and the great physical suffering it brought, I clung to the Gospel to survive. Everyday I read over and over how the Lord Jesus healed. He healed all that were sick. He healed all that came to Him. He healed all kinds of sicknesses and diseases. He healed her. He healed him. These were all the facts that I gathered. He didn’t turn anyone away.
But I wanted more. I wanted to go deep to the recesses of His heart and know and understand what and how He thinks about me, how He looks at me, and what and how He feels seeing me suffer. I wanted to KNOW HIM MORE to be able to understand my woeful state more, and maybe then, I’d feel relieved and breathe easier. So I continued to pore over every chapter, every story, every verse, not wanting to miss anything. There must be something more…
Then I stumbled upon the episode of Malchus. And as a bright light that pierced through my silent and suffering world, understanding settled in my mind, and with it, the breath of relief. I was revived.
- Jesus’ love and healing cover all, including those who have counted Him as enemy.
Malchus came with the multitude, the multitude that would arrest Him. Before their arrival, He had been praying agonizingly, knowing the suffering He had to face. But when Malchus, the high priest’s servant, was struck by Peter in defense of Him, He had only compassion for him.
I imagined Malchus on the ground, his right ear barely clinging to his flesh, blood spurting, flowing down his right neck (how it must have hurt!), and Jesus kneeling down, looking at him straight in the eyes: His, full of mercy and forgiveness, Malchus’, maybe a mixture of fear, confusion, need, and awe. Yes, awe! He reaches out to Malchus’ right ear, touches it with all love and mercy, healing and restoring it to its original state. The bleeding stops and Malchus’ ear was restored as it was before.
But I believe, Malchus’ life had been touched, and was changed forever. Mine, too.
- If Jesus healed Malchus who was with the multitude that plotted to kill Him, He will heal us, who humble down and beg Him to.
I understood then that Jesus’ love and mercy is high and deep and wide, and I didn’t have to doubt it but accept it as it is. The more I immersed myself in studying His acts of love and mercy, the more I was drawn to Him, and the more I felt His love and mercy reaching out to me.
That brief encounter on the mountain, under those unpleasant circumstances, gives us a glimpse of the heart of God, that He chooses mercy, forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing.
- The Lord Jesus has time for us.
A multitude came to arrest Him. There was a lot of noise, commotion, and confusion. There could have been many things that filled His mind, anticipating the suffering He will go through in the hands of His enemies. But His attention was on the bleeding Malchus. For Him, it was healing first, helping first! Saving and delivering first. Doing good first.
We always come first in His heart, in His mind. The help, the salvation and deliverance, the healing that we need – they ALL come first to Him!
- Let us CHOOSE TO BELIEVE in Him, in ALL OF HIM: everything that He is and He has for us.
If in your heart, you have secretly counted Him for enemy, thinking and believing He is out to punish you and make your life miserable, I pray that this holy encounter will change all that, and that you start to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has only mercy and love for us, and He is willing to heal us and to bind up our wounds. We only have to believe.
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