The Sonshine by Walter Olsen August 2021
Permit Even This
When Jesus faced His crucifixion on the cross, there were those who saw the injustice of it and sought to do something about it. They did it out of love and regard for the Lord and it seemed so right to do. The Biblical account reads as follows, “When they which were about Him saw what would follow, they said unto Him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said, ‘Suffer ye thus far...’” (Luke 22:49-51). Alternative readings are of the phrase, “Suffer ye this far” are “Permit even this” or “Permit them to go so far.” They all carry the same idea. The Lord knew the purpose of the cross and, in spite of the forthcoming suffering, He accepted it knowing that it was the will of His Father. Indeed, Jesus said to the disciples, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work” (Jn. 4:34).
Of course, Jesus faced the greatest challenge any one could possibly face. No other man will face an equal challenge. He faced the personal and physical suffering in His body and also the wrath of the Father as He placed upon Him the enormous guilt of all of our sins.