We are continuing in our series in Matthew: The Messiah of Promise
This is a passage that is often used as a proof text for passivism. Although passivism may be the best choice, this verse doesn’t support it. This verse is consistent with Jesus’ version of His Kingdom that He has been expounding on throughout the entire book of Matthew. Jesus’ Kingdom does not operate with the same motivation and methods that the worldly kingdoms operate under. Peter is representative of the way our world deals with enemies and the desire for power. The world works to eliminate those that they don’t agree through the use of power for their own gain. Jesus’ Kingdom is the upside down Kingdom, where power is gained via weakness, and strength is shown through weakness. Jesus’ Kingdom is not gained through power and force, but it is gained via sacrifice and humility. Jesus had all the power in the world. He really could have called to His father to destroy this paltry army, but His plans to power was going to run through the sacrificial death of His Son on our behalf. In a sense, Jesus is saying, “Why are you coming after me with the same means the world uses to gain power and fame, when I an perfectly willing to surrender my life to you, for the sake of the world?”
- Why do we continue to use the world’s methods when our savior has shown another way to deal with our enemies?
- Is Jesus’ words fuel for absolute passivism? Why? Why Not?
- Why did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss?
- What does Jesus mean in verse 56? Why is this significant?