Today’s Reading is from Matthew 26 – 28.
In looking at the life of Jesus Christ one cannot help but notice that the life of Jesus is completely submitted to the will of His Father. He is about fulfilling God’s will for His life as a human being on earth. Now, if we want a good example then, Jesus is the one to follow. He is however, much more than an example to follow. He is, in fact, the very only begotten Son of God (John 1:1-5, 14; 3:16). Part of His submission to the Father as man is His heart and will to fulfill Scriptures and we see that in the following verses,
“Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took Him. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.” Matthew 26:50-56
In this short passage we see the statement twice, “But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled…?” and then, “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled”, and all this was at the time of His betrayal and arrest.
Though the name of the sword wielder is not given, we know from the testimony of the apostle John (John 18:10-11) that it is Peter who was overly protective of His Lord. If we think Peter only meant to cut off that man’s ear, we would be gravely mistaken. Peter was not a highly trained soldier in handling a sword; but his intent was to divide that man’s head.
The intent and purpose of Jesus was to fulfill Scripture and glorify His Father. In that act He would also make a way for those who will believe to have fellowship with God the Father. By way of the cross Scripture, all of Scripture would be fulfilled, the sin debt would be paid, God would be honored, and glorified; and there is a way of salvation from the condemnation of sin.
The event of the above Scriptures follow a time of great trial in our Lord’s life. It was a time of the “press”. In a place where the olives were pressed for the oil, the very fragrance of Heaven was being pressed in doing the will of Heaven. Jesus was about doing the will of God. His mind, His heart, His soul, and His strength was going to see that all Scripture would be fulfilled.
In the press, by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, we can be about fulfilling the will and word of God in our lives. Be strong in faith, believe God, trust every word He has said; that He will fulfill every word that, even now, has yet to be fulfilled. Believe it will be; and live accordingly. No matter what trial or tribulation may come; economic failure, employment fails, health fails, earthquake or flood, or fire. God’s Word – all of Scripture will be fulfilled in Christ Jesus.
-Tim A. Blankenship