“And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying,“This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” …spoken by God, the Father, of Jesus at the time of His transfiguration upon a mountain….
Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted and those sick or wounded, as well.
Even in the midst of His arrest, there was a situation He moved to quell.
Soldiers with swords and clubs and torches had been led by Judas in the night.
Chief priests and Pharisees he led also, who were the driving force of the spiritual fight.
Peter had drawn his sword quickly, cutting off the high priest’s servant’s ear.
But Jesus said the arrest should be permitted–then healed the man so that he could again hear.
As regards hearing, Jesus had said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear…”
and receive the good news of the Gospel, which His words and works had made so perfectly clear.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Then He asked them again, ‘Whom are you seeking?’ And they said, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,’ that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, ‘Of those whom You gave Me, I have lost none.’ Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?'” John 18:7-11
At an earlier time, before the betrayal:
“And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.’ When He had said these things He cried, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear!’
“Then His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘What does this parable mean?’ And He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And knowing they may not understand.’
“The Parable of the Sower explained: ‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fall on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.'” Luke 8:4-15
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep….My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:11, 27
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
People have speculated whether Malchus, after such an amazing event, might have become a believer in Christ as the Messiah. We pray and trust that the Lord, by His Spirit, is healing the spiritual hearing of many today, touching their ears–and hearts…to believe in God’s beloved Son!
(Scriptures New King James Version)