Jesus has just appealed to the Father (and I paraphrase) that “if” this cup can pass, never the less “Thy will be done.” Judas has come upon them in the Garden, betraying Jesus. Peter, defending Jesus, cuts off the ear of the slave of the High Priest. Jesus tells Peter to put away the sword, that He does not need Peter’s help, 12 legions of angels are at His disposal. Then Jesus says,
“How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” Matthew 26:54 (NASB) Let us remember Jesus saying to John the Baptist, “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness?” He and John were fulfilling prophecy. Matthew 3:15.
Now those Christ had ministered to in the temple have come out, to the Garden of Gethsemane, to get Him with swords and clubs. How can this be we might ask? Jesus NOT blaming them says, “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Matthew 26:56 (NASB) And finally, “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.”
Several prophecies have been fulfilled in this one scenario.
Betrayal: Matthew 17:22-23, spoken by Jesus in Galilee.
About Peter’s defending Jesus:
“Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12 (NKJV)
“So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” Mark 15:28 (NKJV)
As Jesus spoke, “And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”
36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.” Luke 22: 35-38
The Disciples fled: “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,” Says the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.” Zechariah 13:7
Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 26:31, “ Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Within our relationship with the Father must be our awareness that all scripture will be fulfilled, at whatever cost to mankind. This shall be as much a priority and inevitability to us as it was to Jesus. Remember, “Jesus NOT blaming them says, ‘But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.’ ” Matthew 26:56 (NASB)
He and we are the subjects of prophecy, caught up in the flow of a destiny God Himself has ordained. Its outcome is righteousness to all who do not resist the flow but hasten to our Holy destination!
Be willing to see as Jesus saw, what happens is prophecy being fulfilled (His Father’s plan) and to forgive them (who are fulfilling it) for surely they know not what they do. We however, can know how to respond; remaining holy and blameless, without spot or blemish, just like Jesus did.
If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!
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