Confronted in the Garden of Gethsemane by Judas and an armed assortment of soldiers and temple guards, Jesus had proclaimed His Name as Almighty God, “I AM”, sending His would-be captors reeling backwards to the ground. As they regained there feet, He asked them again “Who are you looking for?”Again, they replied “Jesus of Nazareth.”
“I told you that I AM He,” Jesus replied, “and, since I am the One you want, let these others go.”
As Peter saw what was happening, he pulled out his sword to fight for Jesus. “I’m ready to die for you,” he’d told Jesus not long before, and, suddenly finding himself in this situation, he stepped up to the challenge, wounding one of Jesus’ assailants.
But Jesus again stopped him. “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given Me?” He asked. And He healed Malchus, the man who had lost his ear to Peter’s sword. Then, He submitted to being taken away captive, as His disciples ran away into the night.
Even in His hour of deepest agony of spirit, Jesus was looking out for His disciples. He ordered the guards to let them all go, as He was the One they wanted. And He repaired the damage Peter had done, while trying to defend his Master, so there was no reason for them to take Peter as well. As Jesus had prayed to His Father not long before, He had kept safe those His Father had given Him.
I think that we are often like Peter. We see a wrong occurring, and try to rush in and fix it ourselves. We want to defend Jesus, to prove our loyalty to Him. But Jesus is Himself the I AM, Almighty God. He has the situation well in hand, and our part is simply to listen to Him and obey Him. And we find out that, while we thought we wrre defending Jesus, He was really protecting us.