Put Your Sword Away

 

 

 

 

“I don’t understand,” races through Peter’s mind over and again.

Shaking and disoriented, he breaths heavy. There’s blood everywhere, it’s spattered across Jesus robe. Peter can taste the iron saltiness of it on his lips. He stands frantic with desperation over a mutilated piece of flesh. Angry tears blur his vision; he grits his teeth and, with trembling hands, moves to strike again.

 “Put your sword away!” Jesus commands.

Peter barely recognizes his Lord and friend’s voice. The night is full with panic and horror. Jesus speaks again, His words weighted and resolute.

“Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

It felt like a fist to the jaw; everything Peter believed, being sifted like wheat.

Peter watches as Jesus leans over the man he just struck with his sword. The man, now on his knees, whimpers as he clutches violently at the right side of his head; blood running between his fingers, down his arm, dripping from his elbow.

Jesus leaned over him “touched the man’s ear and healed him.”

And Peter has seen this so many times, Jesus’ kindness, His goodness, His healing, His sovereign love.

“I don’t understand” races through his mind again as Jesus, the man he loved, the man he followed with all his strength, the man he had just given his life for, admonishes him, “All who draw the sword will die by the sword…”

 “I don’t understand,” tormented Peter as he followed the prisoner Jesus through dark city streets and finally into the temple grounds.

“I don’t understand,” ravaged his heart as he denied he knew the man he loved, once, twice, three times.

“I don’t understand,” wrecked his soul as he caught Jesus’ eye from across the courtyard just as the rooster crowed.

“I don’t understand” sifted all of him like wheat as he fled the temple grounds.

“And he went out and wept bitterly.”

“The theology of control perverts everything, even our passionate love of God! Sovereign control manipulates love into a desperate defense of our broken ideology.”

(click to tweet)

Just hours earlier, Peter thought he understood; he thought he knew. He promised he’d never deny Jesus, “Lord I’m ready to go with you to prison or death.”

Just hours earlier, Peter believed Jesus’ kingdom on earth would need swords and men willing to use them. It would require sacrifice, the willingness to die for Jesus, and also, the willingness to kill for Jesus.

The theology of control perverts everything, even our passionate love of God! Sovereign control manipulates love into a desperate defense of our broken ideology.

We see it evidenced throughout history: well-meaning Christians committed to murder in order to defend their idea of God.

The mindset is alive today. Open up Facebook and you’ll see it—well-meaning Christians attacking others to defend their idea of God.

It’s everywhere, well-meaning Christians preaching from church pulpits, political platforms, across the web and airwaves, attacking a person or organization in order to defend their idea of God.

Well-meaning Christians destroying families and friendships and derailing great moves of God; well-meaning Christians manipulating scripture to develop cult-like devotion to the desperate defense of ideologies absolutely contrary to the revelation of Jesus.

“Peter believed that, if the kingdom was to be established on earth as it is in heaven, at some point Jesus must assume control. There are still so many Christians today who believe this… Except, Jesus never once modeled this. ”

(click to tweet)

Understand, Peter didn’t truly defend Jesus; he truly defended his belief about Jesus. My point? While Peter’s defense was true, it wasn’t the truth that sets free.

Peter believed that, if the kingdom was to be established on earth as it is in heaven, at some point Jesus must assume control. There are still so many Christians today who believe this…

Except, Jesus never once modeled this.

Peter’s belief in the lie of sovereign control ultimately set him against the very revelation of Jesus and led him to do something perversely contrary to sovereign love.

The control narrative is so perversely deceitful. It led a man who had walked with Jesus for three years to believe killing another person was the only way to advance the kingdom; that murder was the way to bring heaven to earth.

Please get this, if your understanding leads to anxiety and fear, you don’t truly understand. Put your sword away!

If your love of God leads you to act out of fear, you need a greater revelation of His love. Put your sword away!

“If you feel you must attack someone in order to defend your thoughts about God, it’s a good sign your thoughts about God are wrong. Put your sword away!”

(click to tweet)

If you feel you must attack someone in order to defend your thoughts about God, it’s a good sign your thoughts about God are wrong. Put your sword away!

If you find yourself desperate and insecure on God’s behalf, you don’t have the whole story. Put your sword away!

Desperation is not a sign of spiritual maturity, it’s a sign we are not yet sure in sovereign love; it’s a sign we’re still journeying into a greater revelation of His goodness, our minds still being renewed…


Jason Clark
is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE…

Offense is a Prison

The key to freedom isn’t about not being offended, it’s about keeping no record.

2020

Earlier this year I noted in a Newsletter the pioneering nature of our ministry and nothing’s changed. We have one passion, to reveal that God is love, looks like Jesus, and He is always good. It is our heart that everything we create is catalytic for an encounter with His great affection. We are daily dreaming and leaning into this grand dangerous, beautiful discovery of His goodness. And we are shouting it from the rooftops along the way.

MIKE POPOVICH / PRAYER & QUANTUM PHYSICS

Mike is a brilliant communicator and pastors Freedom Ministries. In this podcast we talk about prayer and oneness with God and Mike teaches us quantum physics! Mike reveals how scripture and quantum physics are not in conflict with each other

Heaven and Hell (Part 3)

I am not waiting to get to heaven to learn about heaven. While heaven is infinitely better than I can ask, or imagine, I am getting a head start on asking and imagining it here and now. I am stewarding my faith in sovereign love and in so doing, I am destroying the works of the devil.

Heaven, Hell, and the Older Brother

If our hearts don’t truly desire to see all our brothers and sisters “in the party” in this life and the next, it’s past time to repent.

You Are the Coin

Coins bear an image. You carry the image and imprint and poetry and signature of the divine, who has engraved you on the palms of His hands.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!