The Last Miracle of Jesus
(Luke 22: 35-53)
I. Jesus' rejection of Peter's act of
(Lk. 22:35-53; Mt. 26:52-54)
II. Faulty applications of this narrative
A. This is not an example
for governments to follow. (cf. Rom. 13:2-4)
1. It does not prohibit just wars.
2. It does not prohibit governmental use of violence
to punish citizens.
B. It is not a prohibition
of all self-defense.
1. Paul's use of legal self-defense (Acts 22-26)
2. Jesus rebuke of Peter (v. 51) is
a. Not a categorical rejection of violence (Lk. 22:36)
based on Jesus' submission to the Father (Mt. 26:52-53; Jn. 18:11)
c. And the imprudence of violence in self-defense (Mt. 26:52)
A. We should renounce a
spirit of revenge.
Mt. 5:38-39, 41
Rom. 12:17, 19
B. We should forgive our
C. We should love our enemies
and do good to them