With words, Jesus teaches his disciples to be merciful and gracious. They are to love their enemies, do good to those who are harming them, pray for those abusing them, and bless those in the process of cursing them.
On the evening of his arrest, Jesus again teaches his disciples to be merciful and gracious, but this time he does so through his action. Malchus is one of those who comes illegally and surreptitiously to arrest Jesus. He is numbered amongst the antichrists, and in the process of binding Jesus his ear is removed by Simon Peter’s sword. However, despite his animosity, Jesus expresses love and heals this man before he is carried away to the place of inquisition and torture.
The next day, while being crucified, Jesus again teaches his disciples to be merciful and gracious. After a horrid night and day, Jesus is weary. He is bleeding from head to toe. A crown of thorns is imbedded into his skull, and his face is bruised and raw from being punched and having…
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