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How Then Shall the Scriptures Be Fulfilled?

April 11, 2016

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How Then  Shall the Scriptures  Be Fulfilled?

When Judas  betrayed the Lord Jesus,  he led the mob  to the garden  where Jesus was praying.     As Jesus  was being arrested,  one of the disciples  drew his sword  to begin fighting.     Jesus told him  to put away his sword,  and then said  in Matthew 26:53-56,

“Or  do you think  that I cannot appeal  to My Father,  and He will  at once  put at My disposal  more than twelve legions  of angels?     How then  shall the Scriptures  be fulfilled,  that it must happen  this way?”

At that time  Jesus said  to the multitudes,  “Have you come out  with swords  and clubs  to arrest Me  as though  I were a robber?     Every day  I used to sit  in the temple teaching  and you did not seize Me.     But  all this  has taken place  that the Scriptures  of the prophets  may be fulfilled.”     Then all the disciples  left Him  and fled.

Jesus  had the power  to escape  the mob,  to resist  the mob,  or to even annihilate  the mob.     But,  none of that  was  within the prophesied will  of God.     Jesus knew  the will  of God  and was obedient  unto death.     In His obedience  Jesus displayed  an immeasurable love  for us,  so that we might have salvation  through the merits  of His suffering  and death.     His sacrifice  was the only sacrifice  that could pay  for all our sins.

To the human eye  and understanding,  everything looked  so wrong  —  the betrayal,  the mock trial,  the beating,  whipping,  and crucifixion.     None of that horrific suffering  made sense  to Jesus’ followers  —  even though Jesus had told them  it was  to happen.

And yet,  it ended up  setting us free  from our sins.     We were being redeemed  through all the horrible things  Jesus suffered  so unjustly.     God willed it  to be done this way,  so that we could  be purified  and become the children  of God  through faith  in Jesus,  as Psalm 67:2 says,

That Your way  may be known  on the earth,
Your salvation  among all nations.

We all have to be put  in the position  of admitting our sins,  repenting  of them,  and learning  to accept  the forgiveness available only  in Christ Jesus.     We have  to learn  to put off  our old pride  and self-righteousness  —  humbly accepting  the gift  of salvation.     We can’t have  the gift  of salvation  until we believe  that God wants us  to have it  —  and we accept it  as a gift  from God.

Jesus’ sufferings  say something  about our sufferings, too.     When our trials  are severe  and there seems  to be no end  in sight  —  everything seems  to be going wrong  and it looks  like God is not answering  our prayers  —  none of that is factual.     It only appears factual,  but we cannot see  or understand things  from God’s perspective.     God knows  what we are enduring  and He is fully capable  of giving instant relief.

But,  He has a greater purpose  in mind  to help us through our trials  and lead us  to grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.     Our growth  in faith,  hope,  and love are  of a much greater value  than an instant solution  to an earthly trial  or tribulation.     The pain  and suffering  we endure  seem like they might take away  our faith,  but God is always near,  helping us through.     It is as Paul says  about us  in Romans 8:17-18,

…heirs  of God  and fellow heirs  with Christ,  if indeed  we suffer  with Him  in order  that we may also  be glorified  with Him.     For I consider  that the sufferings  of this present time  are not worthy  to be compared  with the glory  that is to be revealed  to us.

Trusting  that God  is with us  through our trials,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have made us heirs  with Christ.     Strengthen us  in Your truth.     Your word  is truth.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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