When Jesus was being arrested, his friends tried to fight off the mob. But he commanded them to stand down, saying, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt 26:53). Jesus could have summoned an army of angels to descend upon his captors. He could have swept the entire Roman Empire off the planet. Jesus had to power to shatter his oppressors like dishes on a stone floor. And this was what his followers wanted because they were weary from the violent oppression of Rome.
But Jesus didn’t do it. Instead of killing those guilty of vast evil, he allowed himself to be killed by them. This means he didn’t just teach about loving enemies —he lived it out. And he calls us to do the same.
This is much easier said than done but that does not make it impossible. Jesus didn’t stay dead. This means nothing is impossible with him.