Daily Reading: Leviticus 6, 7; Matthew 26:47-75
“But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled. (Matthew 26:56, NASB95)
In three verses, Jesus twice refers to the fact that the Scriptures must be fulfilled through the events of His betrayal and arrest (Matt. 26:54, 56).
- Jesus first speaks to His disciples about taking up the sword to defend themselves, which speaks of reliance on human strength instead of in the power of God (cf. Ps. 20:7). Jesus rests assured that God is able to save Him (Matt. 26:53), but His first desire is to fulfill God’s word, even when it went contrary to His own will (Matt. 26:39, 42).
- Jesus then turns to the violent mob that has come to arrest Him, fulfilling Scriptures like Isaiah 53:8, “By oppression and judgment He was taken away” (see also Ps. 22:12; 56:5-6).
- Immediately after Jesus’ words, all the disciples left Him and fled, which is also a clear fulfilment of Scriptures (Zech. 13:7) and of Jesus’ own words (Matt. 26:31).
Jesus’ whole life is one that fulfills the Scriptures. He did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (Matt. 5:17). John 1:1, 14 refer to Jesus as the Word incarnate. When we become a disciple of Jesus, we commit to following Him, and our lives are a fulfilment of God’s word (1 Pet. 2:21-25). In his preaching to the Gentiles, Paul proclaims, “I have placed you as a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth” (Acts 13:47). God is powerfully at work in us to bring about His will (Phil. 1:6)! Do you trust God to bring you through any suffering you may be called to endure? Do you realize that God is at work in you to fulfill His good pleasure?