of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
   Edition No. 17         December 1, 2002
The Voice of Jesus
"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
The Two Swords: it is Enough.
The False Teaching
Two events in Jesus' life, often cited to justify violence, include this one:(Luke 22:36) He said to them,  And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one. For I tell you . . .  
From one site we read that Martin Luther drew a distinction between violence in self defense against criminals and enemies of the state, on one hand, and religious persecutors on the other. Luke 22:36 is cited. Then from another site we hear that it was all a  misunderstanding. Jesus meant to take up spiritual swords, not swords of steel. We quote:He is not telling them to buy swords to wield in physical battle. They will have to provide for themselves and fend for themselves, but not through the shedding of blood. They are being drawn into a great cosmic struggle, and they must fight with spiritual swords . . ..
ope John Paul II writes in a related document : Certainly, the intrinsic value of life and the duty to love oneself no less than others are the basis of true right to self defense.

Exposing the Error
Spititual swords?  How is one to buy such a sword (as Jesus instructs here)?  Or, how is one to put it in its place as (Jesus later commanded)?  This idea  (from column #1) is ludricous.  
Martin Luther distinguished between defending oneself against relligious persecution and against criminals. He wrote, [if I was attacked by robbers] I should . . . wield the sword, because no one else would be near to protect me. I should strike as many dead as I could and thereupon receive the Sacrament and should consider myself to have done a good work. But if I were attacked as a preacher for the sake of the Gospel, I should fold my hands and say, Well, my Christ, here I am. I have preached thee.
If my time has come, I commit myself into your hands.. And thus I should die"
(Plass, p. 243, WT-4, 4342, WT-2,1815). The site then refrences Luke 22:36. Again, ludicrous! Jesus never taught this distinction and Luke 22:36 has no such idea. This man was deaf to Jesus.
Declaring the Truth

For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, `he was reckoned with transgressors'; for what is written about me has its fulfilment.' And they said, Look Lord, here are two swords. And he said to them, It is enough. (Luke 22:37,38)
Two swords are enough for what?  He explained: it was to fulfill scripture. Two will reckon him with transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12) But when one of them wielded his sword, Jesus said, No more of this! (Lk.22:51) For defense or any cause? No more of this! He then explained:Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Matt.26:52) Perish means spiritual death (as in John 3:16), not physical, for.all who take the sword do not get killed by the sword.The thought is absurd -- see all the aging vets? So, all who take the sword will perish by the sword. It is the sentence of eternal death. There is but one remedy: that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.    Read more.