Why would he do that?

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When Jesus was approached by soldiers to be arrested and killed, Peter picked up a a sword and cut off the ear of a man named Malchus. Jesus told Peter to put his sword away, then picked up the ear and put it back on Malchus’ head. We imagine the dialogue: “I’m sorry about my disciple Peter. I’ve been work on him for three years, haven’t gotten very far. I apologized about the ear thing.”

Imagine when Malchus got home for dinner that night, and his wife asked, “How did work go today?” Malchus: “Well, my ear got cut off, but the strangest thing happened. The man who I came to have crucified healed me. Why would he do that?”

–John Ortberg
Who is This Man?

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Do you love Me?

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An extraordinary transaction takes place between Jesus and Peter on the Tiberian seashore. The most plaintive words ever spoken take the form of a heart-stopping question: “Do you love Me?” As we lay aside our fuzzy distractions and actively listen, we hear the suffering cry of a God never heard of before. What is going on here?

No deity of any world religion
has ever condescended to inquire
how we feel about that god.

The pagan gods fired thunderbolts to remind persons who was in charge. The Rabbi in whom infinity dwells asks if we care about Him. The Jesus who died a bloody, God-forsaken death that we might live, is asking if we love Him!

–Brennan Manning

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