My pastors are covering the gospel of Luke. In Lk 22: 39-51 we read:
The Prayer in the Garden
39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[a]
45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.
(From elsewhere we know it was actually Peter who cut off the slave’s ear.)
I’ve read and heard many things in relation to the above events, but my pastor said something new to my ears: Peter’s two mistakes here are related. Precisely because he was dozing, rather than meditating on the upcoming confrontation, he was startled and rash when the mob came. In contrast, Jesus was calm and collected.
My pastor went on to point out that in this scene, when the armed mob is expecting a fight and Peter just cuts off one of their guy’s ears, things were probably pretty dicey. And yet Jesus just instantly defused the whole situation. When He said to back down, everybody listened, not just His immediate disciples.
Even in the midst of His arrest in the darkness of night, as He was enduring the worst betrayal in human history, Jesus was in complete command.