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Father’s will be done | Matthew 26:51-54

51 But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear. 52 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands[ g ] of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? 54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”

Matthew 26:51-54 (NLT) 中文

Garden arrest

So Judas has arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane with a squad of temple guards to arrest Jesus. He has revealed who Jesus is using a kiss of betrayal. The guards and the crowd are in the process of arresting Jesus to take Him to the chief priests for trial. Matthew, who was there, gives us insight into what happened. 

Additional details

To Matthew’s account, John’s gospel adds a few details to the event that the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) don’t have:

  1. Jesus asked the crowd whom they were seeking. When the crowd replied, “Jesus of Nazarath”, Jesus said, “I am He.” John 18:6 tells us, “Now then, when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.” 
  2. After He asked them a second time and they again replied, “Jesus of Nazarath”, Jesus told them to let the disciples go free. John 18:9 then adds, “This took place so that the word which He spoke would be fulfilled: ‘Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.’” We might think this is a fulfillment of yet another OT prophecy.Yet it is Jesus’ own prophecy from John 6:39 and 17:12.
  3. It was Peter who cut off the servant’s ear. And the servant’s name is Malchus.

Luke also adds a small detail. Luke 22:51 tells us that after Peter cut off Malcuhus’ ear, Jesus healed it. This could be an example of the diligence Dr. Luke used in compiling his gospel account. Though not an eye-witness, he thoroughly interviewed the witnesses to compile his Gospel. 

Father’s will be done

After Peter cuts off the ear of the servant, Jesus basically rebukes him (yet again – see Matthew 16:21-23; 26:30-35). When Jesus says “use the sword” in NASB, the AMP version says, “all those who habitually draw the sword”, i.e., those who use violence to achieve their ends. “When Peter moved in the power of the world, he only cut off ears. But when he was filled with the Spirit, using the Word of God, Peter pierced hearts for God’s glory (Acts 2:37).” (enduringword.com)

In addition, Jesus reminds Peter and the others who He is – the Son of God. He can speak the word and the Father will send angels to protect them. But, He doesn’t. As we said before, He has counted the cost, He has prayed for strength and He has set His face like a flint. The Father’s will will be done! Prophecy will be fulfilled! Sin will be atoned for! Christ will rise victorious over sin and death and set all captives free!


  • What a wonderful example of determination, faith, humility, peace, submission, power under control we have in Jesus. We might excuse ourselves and say, “but Jesus is God, I’m not.” While this is true, we would miss that point that Jesus is fully man and that He laid aside His equality with God (Philippians 2:6-8) while on earth. And remember, “for His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)
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