Can You Hear Me Now? : Redneck Latte Ravings

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In Christian circles, it’s Passion week.  That, for all you unwashed heathen out there, is the week between Palm Sunday – or Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem…
…and Easter Sunday – the day on which we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.
A great deal happened that week, and frankly, I’ve posted about frivolous things at a time that many of my readers may deem sacred.
Worry not, I’m not getting all preachy, but I do have a thought or two.
I mean, Easter isn’t just all Peeps, Cadbury eggs, and Honey Baked Ham.
There are a few things that occurred during the week that get little press.
Frankly, Peter’s denial, the abandonment of The Lord by the disciples, Judas’ betrayal, and the crucifixion and resurrection get all the press; as they should.
There are a couple of things that happened along the way that cause one to wonder not only why they occurred, but what followed.
Take Malchus for example.
Malchus was the servant of the Jewish High Priest, Caiaphas.  Caiaphas was one of the ring leaders in the arrest of Jesus.
This account is recorded in all four of the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but only John names names.
When the high priest and company arrived in the garden to arrest Jesus, Simon Peter, the “hot head” of the disciples jumped to Jesus’ defense.
Exercising his second amendment rights, and utilizing his carry permit, he was armed with a sword.
When the folks moved in to take The Lord, he drew his sword and most likely aimed for Caiaphas.
But he missed.
There was collateral damage.
John 18:10-11 tells us this way, “…then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear.  The servant’s name was Malchus.  Then said Jesus unto Peter, “Put UP thy sword into the sheath, the cup which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it?”
Luke goes on to tell us chapter 22 of his Gospel that “…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…”
Later John reminds us that, “…one of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman, whose ear Peter cut off, saith, “Did I not see thee in the garden with him?”  Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
We all know the story of Peter and the disciples and Jesus that followed, but what of Malchus?
What happened to him?
What a story he had to tell.
Now, God knew we’d make more of Malchus than we should if He added his story to the Bible, but just for grins, let’s what if.
Let’s assume Malchus was in his 20s and let’s say Malchus lived for another 50 plus years, had a couple of kids, and a slew of grand-children.
Can you imagine the wonder in the faces of his offspring as he told the story of the Holy Son of God and the Savior of the World restoring his hearing and at the same time performing plastic surgery?
Can you imagine the reaction Malchus had after he was healed?
Did he walk away from Caiaphas?
Did he follow Jesus?
Did he serve him?
Or did he just tell his part of the story?
I like to think that Malchus went on to share his miracle experience with others and tell them not only of his close encounter with Jesus, but of the saving grace of God he came to believe through The Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
It’s not in there, it’s not canon, but it coulda happened.
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