#Retrospective — This post originally published April 8. 2020.
I stared at Malchus sitting across from me in the corner of the room holding his ear and staring at the floor.
“What’s up with Malchus?” I asked my friend as I sat next to him at the table.
“He was with the high priest in the Garden of Gethsemane where they arrested that Jesus character.”
“They arrested that guy who claims to be the son of God?” I asked, surprised. Lately I had heard a lot about this Jesus. Some thought he was a trouble maker.
“Yeah, I guess they’re putting Jesus on trial.”
I looked closely at Malchus. I could see in the dim light that his face looked distressed. I noticed some blood on his clothing. “That must’ve been some struggle to arrest him. Is that why Malchus looks so shook up?”
“Actually, he said there was no struggle, not even a fight.”
“No fight? Then why’s Malchus so distraught? He has blood on his clothes.”
I looked at my friend. He sighed and rubbed his forehead. He looked disturbed. I glanced at Malchus. He lifted his head and gazed at me with an intense look. I looked back at my friend.
“One of those followers of Jesus pulled his sword and cut off Malchus’ ear.”
“Wow!” I looked at Malchus. “I’m so sorry that happened. You must be in a lot of pain.”
Malchus shook his head back and forth. He didn’t say a word. He just continued to hold his ear.
“Show him Malchus,” my friend said as he looked at him.
I watched Malchus look at my friend, then me. Tears began to stream down his face as he slowly lifted his hand off his ear.
“Wait. I thought you said his ear was cut off.”
“It was. I saw it,” my friend replied.
“But it’s still there.”
“Yes it is.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Jesus told his follower to put his sword away, then he touched Malchus’ ear and healed him.”
“He healed him?”
“Right there, at that very moment. It was like it never happened.”
“And they still arrested Jesus after that?”
“That’s just it,” my friend sighed. “He heals Malchus and then they arrest him for claiming to be the Son of God.”
I nodded at my friend, thinking about what he just said as I looked at Malchus’ ear.
#WednesdayWalk Through the Bible — an exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of someone who saw Malchus after his ear was cut off by Peter, based on John 18:3, Luke 22:50-52, and John 18:26-27 (NASB).
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“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” – Revelation 2:7 (NASB)