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The apostles of Jesus

1. While Jesus was going with his disciples to Jerusalem through Samaria, a Samaritan village declined to receive him because he was heading for Jerusalem. The apostles James and John asked Jesus, “‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village” (Lk 9:54-55).

2. The disciples of Jesus carried swords with them. The disciples said to Jesus, “‘Lord, look, there are two swords here.’ But he replied, ‘It is enough!’” (Lk 22:38).

3. When the soldiers came with Judas to arrest Jesus, “His disciples realized what was about to happen, and they asked, ‘Lord, shall we strike with a sword?’” (Lk 22:49).

4. At the arrest of Jesus, “And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear” (Mt 26:51; Lk 22:50).

The admirers of Jesus

The Jewish authorities knew that the followers of Jesus would defend him.

1. The crowd wanted to make Jesus their king after they had witnessed the multiplication of barley loves and fish (Jn 6:14-15). If he had accepted their offer, they would have safeguarded him.

2. The multitude of pilgrims who welcomed Jesus with palm branches to the Temple cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, [even] the king of Israel” (Jn 12:13). If he had taken up the kingship, they would have fought in his defense.

3. When Jesus cleansed the Temple, “The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it and were seeking a way to put him to death, yet they feared him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching” (Mk 11:18).

4. “And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words” (Lk 19:47-48).

5. When Jesus taught the parable of the Tenants, the chief priests and the Pharisees realized he was alluding to them. “And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet” (Mt 21:46; Mk 12:12; Lk 20:19).

Twelve legions of Angels

After Peter struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his ear, “Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels?’” (Mt 26:52-53).


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