Jesus Restores Ear of Malchus


                  James Tissot: “The Ear of Malchus”




John 18: 4-11 “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”  “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

Luke 22: 50-51And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.”


While looking for Jesus, He revealed Himself and when the crowd would take Him, Peter wanting to protect Jesus, drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus, servant of the high priest. Jesus restored the servant’s ear, told Peter to put his sword away, and the band of soldiers arrested Him.

It is interesting that in the midst of all the activity around Him, Jesus took time to restore the ear of a servant. That is significant to us: no matter what our need, Jesus cares and will take time to heal our wounds. And we should not ever hesitate to bring any needs to Him. He took note of the little things: healed the ear of a servant, knows number of hairs on our heads, and not one bird falls to the ground without His knowledge.

Prayer thought: Although Jesus was facing death by crucifixion, He took time to replace an ear of Malchus, a servant of the high priest. Perhaps that deed was not listed on His daily schedule, so we can consider it a wayside ministry. Father, help us look for such ministries as we assume our daily walk with You, Amen.


Doris Lisemby