Matthew 26:54 “But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
The arrest of Jesus is the fulfillment of Scripture. We already learned Jesus’ prediction that he would be betrayed and who would do it.
Although it was predicted, Jesus’ arrest, passion and death could have all been stopped. If Jesus had called on God, he would have had “legions of angels” to help him. He chose not to take that course of action.
I think about my reaction to being wrongly accused, and sadly, I have to say, it surely does not fit into any plan that God would have for me in that situation. I’m not saying I lose it every time, although there are certainly enough times to know that I can be quite defensive.
Here we see Christ is not only non-combative but also calm, bringing peace to the situation, as was his whole life’s journey. He was calm and peaceful while all around him others, even those closest to him, panic and take action, mostly in anger. But as I say this I also see it as concern. Were they thinking “hey don’t touch our Lord and friend?” Is that righteous anger? After all, they were trying to protect and help.
I don’t believe Christ would want us to sit back and do nothing in some circumstances, of course, but I do believe we all react too quickly without thought of consequences for the “big picture”. Sometimes we don’t have time to pray about what our reaction should be because it’s an immediate need, however, there are surely times we can take a step back and pray.
In the coming weeks, will you be the kind of person who will draw the sword and cut off an ear or will you be like Christ and take a much needed, calmer approach? Do not forget the tongue can be a two-edged sword. It can cut down or build up. Words are sometimes more harmful than actions.
Matt. 26:52 “Put your sword back in its place.” Jesus said to him. “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”
Does this change your answer?
Lord, too many times we lose our temper in anger.We react without thinking of the consequences. Help us to be more like you in our decisions. Help us to act more out of love than out of anger. In your precious name,