It’s TRUE, Jesus is our “perfect” Sacrifice, our Substitute and our Example. We are to follow in His footsteps, WHEN we are spiritually prepared to do so.
But, UNTIL we are at that point, like Peter (and James🅰) we are told BY Jesus that we, as a people (LIKE the 11) are NOT prepared to face the world (as an example of Jesus) in our present spiritual condition.
As a RESULT, Jesus told His apostles to “sell his garment,” in order to “buy” and arm themselves with a “sword” in Luke 22:35-38. This is also a time when they would have to rely on their own means, in order to get by, so Jesus told them to take their money (“purse & scrip”) with them.
WHEN Peter found “two swords” – Jesus showed His approval by saying, “it is enough” (v.38).
RIGHT before that incident, Jesus reminded them that, “…When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing” (v.35). That was because they had plenty of faith and trust in Jesus. However, soon enough they would be vulnerable.
THEREFORE, Jesus said, “…But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one” (v.36).
[So Jesus said to Simon Peter, “when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (v.32)]
That’s where we are right NOW. We are “unconverted” — We STILL need a job and money to operate in this world, as well as a way to protect ourselves and especially our families.
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WHEN we get to the point, that like Jesus, able to feed 15,000 to 20,000 people, by simply asking God to bless the little we have in our hand, THEN we are ready to fully go all the way with God, in trusting Him to fight for us.
WHEN we can hold a little dead girl’s hand, asking God to raise her In Jesus behalf and then say, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise” (Mark 5:41), then we probably are ready to die for a good cause.
LATER, when we are converted, we are to “feed” His “sheep” as Jesus said to Peter in John 21.
Right BEFORE Jesus had said all what He said in Luke 22:35-38, we see in the previous verses 31-34, that Peter was going to “deny” Him three times. Peter loved Jesus, but he wasn’t “converted.”
SO Jesus said to Simon Peter, “when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (v.32).
This is THE PLAN that God has laid out for us. We may think, like Peter, “Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death” (v.33) and truly, like Peter, we may do just that (as pointed out in John 21:17-19).
However, Jesus has GREATER plans for us. God would prefer that we should “NEVER DIE,” as John the Revelator now symbolized through his long, long life (as written in Jesus own words, “IF I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me” (v.22).
The FEELING was so strong that John was going to be alive when Jesus came, that here is how others had interpreted those words, “Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should NOT die…” (v.23).
Of course, John DID DIE of old age, but was that what Jesus HAD intended? Hear what else Jesus said on that subject:
“Verily, VERILY, I say unto you, IF a man keep My saying, he shall NEVER see DEATH” and also, “…he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: AND whosoever lives AND believes in Me shall NEVER DIE. Believe thou this?” (John 8:51; 11:25-26)
SO, THOUGH God’s plans are for you to LIVE and NOT DIE, we are just frail humans, AND God tells us He doesn’t want us to die BEFORE we are “converted” – if Peter or James had died in their unconverted state, then they would have been lost.
Jesus wanted to ensure that they were protected, until the time they would be converted:
—• He knew they needed, not only the “swords” for a crutch, but
—• He wanted them to know that they were unsafe in their unconverted condition,
—• He loved them enough to provide that for them, during their greatest need.
Jesus, obviously needed no such protection – He sternly said so in Matthew 26:51-54
We TOO are in an unsafe position (if we are unconverted). It is also, not only our right, but our God given duty to protect those around us who are also unconverted. If they meet an untimely death, then they will be lost to us forever.
If it takes “two swords” to see that our loved ones do not die, then so be it.
UNTIL THEN, we need to pray earnestly for conversion, and for the 144,000 to have the supernatural strength necessary to carry out God’s will for them on Earth, WITHOUT the need for “swords” – that the “Father’s name be written in their foreheads” (Rev.14:1)
🅰 it is my OPINION, but there is some pretty STRONG evidence that “James” must have been the other disciple with a “sword,” other than Peter. Besides the texts above, Read Matthew 26:51-52 and compare it with Acts 12:1-3…if it had not been for the church praying for Peter, his fate would have been the same as “James” (as evidenced in verses 11-12).
Thank you for your input 🙋