Fulfillment of Scripture!

Scripture reading for February 10th: Matthew 26:47-68, Psalm 30, Proverbs 8:27-32

“Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested Him.  With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to  him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.  Do you think I cannot call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” ” Matthew 26:50b-54)

Immediately after Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, the soldiers and religious leaders stepped forward and arrested Jesus.  Peter reacted boldly by drawing his sword and nearly did away with a man, cutting off his ear.  Luke records that Jesus touched this servant’s ear and healed him immediately. (Luke 22:51)  Jesus rebuked his disciple, telling him to put the sword away.  Jesus assured Peter and the others that He had the power and ability to call for angelic help at any time.  However, Jesus had spent the night in prayer and had wrestled through his own fears and desire to have the cup of sin and suffering removed.  He had submitted to God’s will.  (Matthew 26:36-39)  How else would the Scriptures be fulfilled?   Jesus was the “Word” made flesh and honored His Father by keeping and fulfilling the sacred and holy Scriptures. (John 1:14)

After addressing the crowd there in the Garden and rebuking those who came at night to arrest Him, He finished by telling them all that “this all had taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” (Matthew 26:56)  Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver.  (Zechariah 11:12)  Zechariah 13:7 is quoted by Jesus in Matthew 26:31, concerning striking the shepherd and the sheep being scattered.  False witnesses were brought to accuse Him.  (Psalm 27:12, 35:11)  Jesus was to be offered as the sacrifice for our sins, remaining silent before those who accused Him.  (Isaiah 53:4-12)  He would be given a grave with the rich in His death.  He would be resurrected–seeing the light of life!  He would bear the sins of many and be numbered with the transgressors!  Scripture must be fulfilled!

Aren’t you thankful that Jesus did not call the legions of angels?  Take time today to thank Him for His faithfulness!

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