Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Testimony for Caiaphas

When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter tried to fight off the attackers. “Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus” (John 18:10). Jesus picked up the ear and placed it back on Malchus’ head! (Luke 22:51). This miracle would serve as a testimony to Caiaphas as proof that Jesus is the Messiah.

It was no accident that this happened to “the high priest’s slave.” After Jesus was arrested, He stood on trial before Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year (Matt. 26:57). The heavenly high priest stood on trial before the earthly high priest, but Caiaphas didn’t recognize Him.

There can be no doubt Malchus reported this incredible miracle to his boss, the high priest. Caiaphas had previously prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation (John 11:49-51) but now God gave him undeniable evidence to consider so he would believe in Jesus. Caiaphas chose to send Jesus to the cross.

On Judgment Day, the roles will be reversed. Caiaphas the earthly high priest will stand on trial before Jesus the heavenly high priest. I’m sure Malchus’ ear will come up in the conversation, along with the fact Jesus rose from the dead. Although we don’t know if Caiaphas ever repented, tradition tells us he later converted to Christianity. If that’s true, the miracle of the severed ear might have had something to do with it.

God has also given us undeniable evidence to consider so that we will believe in Jesus, including proof the Bible is true, proof that God designed the human body, and testimonies of near-death experiences. Don’t ignore what clearly is the Truth leading to eternal life.
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