The Gospel of Luke tells of when Jesus healed a man whose ear had been cut off. The setting was this: In the night He was betrayed, Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot had led there a group intent on arresting Jesus. The apostle Peter, thinking to defend Jesus and fight on His behalf, pulled out his sword, swung it, and cut off the right ear of one of the men. Jesus chastised Peter and the other apostles, then reached out and touched the amputee, healing the previously severed ear.
Some people upon reading this account are struck with incredulity at the idea that a man with a severed ear could have it restored by a miracle. That’s actually not the part that catches my attention. What amazes me is that Jesus tells His guys to put the sword away and then heals one of the guys on the team that’s going to convict, torture, and kill Him.
Compassion like that is a lot more improbable in this world than a miracle.