“Every day I was with you,
teaching in the temple courts,
and you did not arrest me.
But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”
Jesus knew that He would meet a violent, premature, yet purposive death. He gives three intertwining reasons for its inevitability.
• The hostility of the religious leaders – He was a threat to their position and prejudices
• The Scriptures prophesied it
• The deliberate choice that He made – He was determined to fulfil what was written of the Messiah
He believed that the Old Testament Scriptures were the inspired word and revelation of God and that they revealed God’s plan and purpose. He was totally committed to doing His Father’s will and to finishing the work that The Father had given Him to do – and He knew what it would achieve. This was His own free choice and resolve. He never departed from it, even when He agonised in the Garden of Gethsemane.
• “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
• “I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:50)
• “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
We are eternally blessed because Jesus did not give up but carried His mission through to the very end. In Lent we walk the final stages with Him, watching in humble love and gratitude.
Resolve to remain committed and faithful to the very end – in the love and strength that God provides
Help me Lord Jesus to continue in the Father’s love, to do His will and to trust His care. Amen.