But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. (Luke 22:51)
It’s such a familiar story I was surprised when God pointed out a new facet of it recently. Having just spent lonely hours in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to the Father and agonizing over what He knew was coming, Jesus was confronted by His betrayer and an angry mob.
In the tension and confusion of the moment, Peter drew his sword and cut off the right ear of the high priest’s servant. That’s when a most amazing thing happened. The One in such turmoil became the peacemaker. Not only that, but the hunted and the hurt One became the Healer.
You and I don’t have Christ’s healing power, but if we’re seriously striving to become like Him, there are still characteristics He demonstrated in this verse that we can develop. For example, even amidst unfair treatment, we can choose to treat others kindly and peacefully.
However, the point God drove home from this passage is the reality that it is also possible in the middle of our own hurt to focus upon the needs of others. In fact, our own suffering may be the very thing that best equips us to minister to others in pain. How beautifully Christ-like it is to reach out to someone who is hurting even before your own pain has ended. In a small way, we too can be healers while we hurt.
Are you waiting for your own hurt to end before reaching out to others? Perhaps waiting for that moment is not God’s intention – instead, perhaps He wants you to follow Christ’s example and reach out even in your hurt. Who knows, maybe some of God’s healing will come to both of you! –Dave
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