who has ears let him hear.” (Matt. 11:15)
Malchus never thought that the matter
could be so complicated, yet so simple.
He was assigned to work under the High Priest Caiaphas. He took pride in being a servant to the
most prayerful Jew; especially when people on the street looked at him with
admiration. His special talent was
listening; not only did he listen to his master, but also to what his masters’
enemies were saying. During that intense
political environment, he had to be cautious.
When he was assigned to take Jesus in, he already heard a lot of Jesus’
sayings, but did not understand what He meant when He said: “I must go to
suffer many things at the hand of the chief priests, and must be killed, and
on the third day be raised to life.”
What did it mean to be raised to life?
The night before Passover, Malchus went on a secret mission with the temple soldiers
and Judas to the Garden of Gethsemane to capture Jesus. In the light of the dancing flames of the torch,
he saw Jesus and his disciples. Judas
whispered: “It’s he.” Then he went up
to kiss his master, a signal for the soldiers to move in. “Who are you looking for?” Jesus asked. “Jesus of Nazareth,” was the
retort. “I am He,” said Jesus. Suddenly a huge blow to their face, Malchus and soldiers fell to the ground. Peter jumped up and took his blade and
struck Malchus and cut off his ear. A sharp pain with blood gushed from his
head, he could not stand up. In a
great fear, he saw Jesus kneeling down by his side to clutch his head. He said to him gently: “Don’t be afraid. You’ll be all right.” A soldier pulled Jesus up. Suddenly the pain ceased, Malchus touched his own ear, the ear was whole, and the
bleeding had stopped. It was a
Three days passed, when Malchus overheard the soldier that guarded the tomb coming
back to report to the High Priest that Jesus’ body had disappeared. His first reaction was “He has risen from the
dead.” He was so excited and
unintentionally touched his ear.
Indeed, Jesus must have been “raised to life”! Otherwise, who has the power to immediately
heal his ear? He made a decision, “From
now on, I will listen to His teaching.”
He got up and left the High Priest’s court, and went to look for Jesus’