(Leviticus 13, Matthew 26:20-54)
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Matthew 26:53-54 ESV)
Jesus wasn’t forced to the cross. His life wasn’t taken from Him. He could have appealed, and our heavenly Father would have rescued Him. Jesus was not forced into His role as Savior. He came for us, and gave Himself up willingly. He laid down His life. There is no place for pity when we look at Jesus, only awe and the deepest gratitude.
Jesus asks a question, “But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled?” He is loyal, fiercely loyal, to the Word. Jesus lived to fulfill what was spoken. I wonder if Jesus is leading many of us to ask the same question in our own day. If we do not live the according to the Word, lining up our lives to the prophetic promises that the Holy Spirit makes alive to us, then “how should the scriptures be fulfilled?”
Jesus didn’t ask for our applause. He asks for our loyalty. He asked us to follow Him. He declared openly that He was the Life, the Truth and the Way. We need to do more than applaud the cross, we need to find ours, pick it up and follow Him. Be loyal to the scriptures. Ask the Holy Spirit to cause the Word to come to life within you. Be loyal. Be Faith-Full.