A servants ear – comments on the Gethsemane encounter

In the Gethsemane encounter I was particularly struck by Jesus’ healing of the servants ear. Jesus was on a path to knowingly suffer injustice, to be whipped, beaten, tormented and die a horrific death, yet He was concerned how He walked that path and who was affected. To top it all, He was not on a path He would have chosen for himself, but was doing it because it was the will of the Father.

This is in stark contrast to our goal-oriented society where casualties are calculated and accepted as long as the end goal is achieved. I believe Jesus was showing us that how you do something, and the motivation for doing it, are as important, if not more important, than the goal itself.  How you correct someone, and the motivation for the correction, for a Christian is more important than the correction itself. To experience the miraculous, we need to pay attention to our motivation, and how we carry out the work at hand, leaving the results to God, relying on Him alone, never forcing our way.

This has led me to believe that Jesus is more interested in how we react to situations than who was actually right or wrong. So much so that not even an ear of those who would falsely accuse, torment, beat and kill Him would be harmed.

~ Written by Peter Wilmot

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My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.