The armed guards arrived in Gethsemane, Judas delivered the traitor’s kiss, and Jesus freely answered that he was the one they were looking for. This was too much for Peter so he drew his sword and slashed off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. “Put your sword back where it belongs, ”Jesus instructed. Then he touched and the wound and the ear was restored. Calmly he asked the guards why they hadn’t come for him during the day when he was preaching daily in the temple – and the disciples fled in terror.
What strikes me is the incredible composure of the man who just a few hours before was in deep anguish as he committed himself to the Father’s will of death on a cross. The disciples fled for their life, one of them stark naked, having lost his robe in the struggle. What is there here that can help us live in a way that will reflect Christ, especially in terms of the aftermath of a difficult emotional ordeal? In this series on learning from what Jesus did (as over against what he taught) we have taken the position that Jesus lived his incarnate life as one of us, as a fully human person. This means that he did not draw on his divinity to perform miracles but relied solely on the power of the Holy Spirit. In Gethsemane he had just made his ultimate commitment to the Father’s plan. Now he is calm and handles the immediate concerns as though they were normal affairs. How did he manage that?
It seems that the secret of his composure was the completeness of his commitment. Had he come from the garden with any uncertainty it would not have been possible. So we learn from him the importance of a complete acceptance of God’s will for our life no matter what. Our decision is made; we will carry out exactly what God wants, no exceptions. This provides a wonderful sereneness that allows us to do in a calm and confident manner whatever is the next thing. For Jesus it was going through the incredibly dark experience of Calvary; for us, the next difficult trial.