Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. 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. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment. (Luke 22:35-37)
It used to be when a criminal was jailed, they held a number when their picture was taken. It became a symbol of a criminal losing identity. In the same way Jesus would be numbered with the transgressors.
Isaiah prophesized about Jesus: “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.” (Isaiah 52:12) Jesus was great because he poured out his life to work hard, teach others about God, pray, and to use God’s power to help others. He will divide God’s inheritance with the strong, those who use the power of the Holy Spirit to do God’s will.
Jesus isn’t actually suggesting the disciples buy swords. They don’t know how to use them. We’ll soon see how inept Peter is using a sword. He warns His apostles when He’s looked upon as a criminal, they will also be labeled transgressors. He won’t be there to protect them until God releases His Holy Spirit, so they will need money, reinforcements, and protection. The life in his earthly body would be poured out before dusk the next evening.
Now that we’re not allowed to teach children about God in schools any longer, most educators take the law a step further and make children feel foolish for believing in God. It won’t be long before Christians in the U.S. are labeled transgressors unless we take up our swords, fighting our battles with love.
Dearest Father in heaven, when I take refuge in You, I lack nothing. Thank you. Help me fight my battles with love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.