There is a really interesting story concerning Jesus and a couple of his disciples and weapons.

This story is one that Christians always point to in order to suggest that Jesus is an advocate of weapons and arming ourselves for the sake of protection.

Which of course many American Christians have taken to the point of applying an entirely new and unrelated meaning to it. 

It really is fascinating how good we are at making things read the way that fits us, our thinking and our understanding. 

Here’s the verse. Luke 22:35-38

  35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’, and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied.

As you can see in vs 36 Jesus does in fact tell them to buy a sword. (in my face)

However here’s a couple things we must consider.

For Example WHY?

In verse 37 he says it’s in order to fulfill what’s been written. Well what was written? 

He’s quoting Isaiah 53:12 – Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He needed the swords to be counted among the transgressors.

He was included as a transgressor but at the same time was the one who made intercession for the transgressors.

Also in Matthew 26 this happens –

 55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

So Jesus is like I was right in front of you this whole time and you did nothing. Well they couldn’t arrest him and accuse him earlier in the story because they had no grounds for it. 

It’s only after the disciples have swords that they become a “threat”.

Where was this all headed?

So let me get this straight….

Jesus says go buy swords, the disciples say “here’s TWO” and Jesus says “That’s enough!”

So Jesus and his 12 disciples and his TWO SWORDS are going to take on the Jewish religious establishment who carries with it the full support of the Roman empire?!?!?!

Sounds like a great plan…… if you want to get everyone killed! 

Talk about a short revolution.

Unless of course he wasn’t really advocating for weapons and war and fighting and violence.

Is it possible that most rebellious and revolutionary thing Jesus could do in order establish himself as leading a different kind of kingdom was to put the swords away?

Like he tells his disciple to do in Matthew 26:52. 

Is it possible we’ve super imposed our love of country, and our understanding of freedom and how it’s gained, over the image of a non-violent liberator and savior.

Is it possible that we’ve bought into the myth of redemptive violence. 

Or did Jesus really think that the 2 swords would be enough to face them all?

Affirm the good

-S