Tag: worthy of death
Scripture reading for March 10th: Mark 14:53-72, Psalms 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4
Jesus was betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane by Judas with a kiss. The soldiers and religious leaders took Him off to bring Him before the high priest and elders of the Sanhedrin. They were looking for evidence against Jesus to put Him to death. It was not that they had evidence already, because all their attempts to catch Him had failed. Their law said that for offenses leading to the death penalty, two or three witnesses must testify and agree. They found false witnesses but their testimony did not agree! (Mark 14:55-59)
“Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.” (Mark 14:60-61) Jesus knew the high priest’s tactic was to get Him to incriminate Himself. He also knew the Scripture which told that Messiah would remain silent before His accusers. (Isaiah 53:7)
Peter later remembered this incident as well when he wrote, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1st Peter 2:23) Peter used this to encourage those in the church who were suffering for their faith. He knew that God was their defender as He had vindicated Jesus by resurrection from the dead!
“Again the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”” (Mark 14:61b-62) Jesus could not tell a lie. He answered truthfully and gave a powerful revelation of His authority and coming glory! This should have caused those who were questioning Him to stop and ponder this. They had seen and heard about His miracles. He had fed thousands, healed countless sick people, cast out demons, and even raised the dead. His teaching was like no other!
But this statement was the one that these religious leaders jumped on to condemn Him! They chose to reject the truth and believe a lie for their own murderous plan to succeed. (2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12) In doing so, God would work His plan to show mercy to all who would believe the truth!
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!