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Malchus

Malchus

I would venture to say that it is quite possible some readers of this article may have never heard of the name, Malchus. He is not a significant individual within the pages of Scripture, and is not one whom we would spend great lengths of time studying.

Unless you look carefully in your Bible, it is probable that you will never see the name Malchus. And even if you do find him, you are likely to pass him by without a thought. For as the writers make mention of him, it is for but a moment. I can tell you now, even if you have no idea who Malchus is, you do know him, and have heard of him almost each time that you have heard the story of the cross.

Malchus was the recipient of a great harm, as well as a wonderful blessing within the same minute. It would not surprise me if that quick instant in his life had the power to completely change his life. Or if it did not, it should have. Mark writes, in Mark 14:44-47. “Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely. As soon as He had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, Master, Master, and kissed Him. Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him. And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear." John is more precise in his description of the events, writing in John 18:10, "Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus."

Malchus was the unfortunate individual who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. As Peter swung his sword in defense of his Lord, he sliced through the right ear of Malchus, cutting it completely off. Imagine the pain... excruciating pain! Great harm was done to Malchus, such as would haunt him for the rest of his life.

Luke gave us one more piece of information concerning this servant. He pens in Luke 22:50-51, "And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And He touched his ear, and healed him.”  Malchus, who moments before by the swipe of Peter's sword was condemned to be a mutant for the remainder of his time on earth, was now whole again. His ear, which had not only been severed, but which had fallen to the ground at his feet was as good as new.

Jesus amidst the savage crew of soldiers and high priest representatives, whose desire was to take Him captive, took time to heal the wounded. Took time to heal an enemy. Malchus was clutching the side of his head in anguish one moment, and the next, his hand gently touched the ear he'd lost in amazement, for it was back in it's rightful place.

We are told nothing more about Malchus. Just that he had lost an ear to Peter, and gained it back again by the hand of God. It is interesting to think about what happened after this event though. Malchus went along with the other servants and guards in taking Jesus to the high priest. But what was going through his mind? He had just felt the power of God. He had been healed from a wound that would have haunted him for life. He was made whole again.

We have no idea whether Malchus ever obeyed the gospel. We do know that he had reason to. He was a first hand witness, and recipient of the grace of God. Jesus healed his physical body. Did Malchus return for a spiritual healing as well?  God’s Word does not tell us.  If you had been Malchus, would you have returned to the Lord for your spiritual healing?  Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:18, And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,  ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
 
Jimmy



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