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I’ll offer a brief idea worth pondering from reading Burridge’s Imitating Jesus. It is from his section on Luke-Acts.

All four Gospels report the incident in the Garden when the Temple police come to arrest Jesus and Peter draws a sword and cuts off the ear of the high priest’s slave. Yet only Luke reports that Jesus healed the man. Jesus rebukes the violence of his disciple and says in effect “Enough of this!”

Burridge quoting Swartley writes, “His [Jesus’] healing the high priest’s slave’s ear demonstrates his mission and manner of ministry. Put sharply, Jesus came to heal precisely what the sword devastates” (270).

JESUS CAME TO HEAL PRECISELY WHAT THE SWORD DEVASTATES.

(a more lengthy summary of Burridge’s section of Luke-Acts coming soon)

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