It is amazing that there are about 353 prophecies in the Old Testament about the Lord Jesus that have already been fulfilled. When Jesus was facing the cross, what led up to the actual crucifixion was horrific. There was the religious hatred that came out in verbal and physical abuse. Yet, there was something very personal Jesus faced. “Judas…one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs…the betrayer” (Matthew 26:47-48) was foretold in Psalm 41:9.
In the heat of the moment, someone with Jesus “drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place” (26:51-52). It became clear to all that He was not going to take this situation into his own hands or let others divert Him from doing the will of God which was far greater than the suffering. He knew suffering was coming, but he refused to allow anything from fulfilling Scripture regarding Himself.
“All this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled” (Matthew 26:56). Jesus knew all the Scriptures that spoke of Himself and not one of them was going to be unfulfilled.
From another perspective, I think of all that is written in the New Testament regarding what the Church will be in the absence of Christ. Just to mention two, Jesus said, “you will be My witnesses …to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Paul writes, “that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known” (Ephesians 3:10). I want to make sure that these words of Scripture are being fulfilled in my life. How about you?
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