Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 18, 2018

“But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 26:47-56.

“While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people.  Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one;  seize Him.”  Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.  And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.”  Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear.  Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place;  for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.  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 will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber?  Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.  But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.”  Then all the disciples left Him and fled.”  Matthew 26:47-56.

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When apparently bad things happen to us, we tend to panic and think things are out of control.  Even Jesus’ disciples fled.

Other doctrine panics at the alleged free-will of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine is calm and composed knowing that God still is sovereign and totally in control and that all of Scriptures will be fulfilled.  

Jesus summarized:  “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.”  See verse 56.


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