Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 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?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Matthew 26:52-56 ESV
A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV
During World War I, a British officer named Robert Campbell was taken prisoner by the German army. While he was in prison he heard that his mother was dying of cancer. Captain Campbell wrote a letter to the German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm, begging him to let him go home to visit his mother before she died. He promised that if the emperor would let him do this, he would return to prison after his visit. Kaiser Wilhelm gave his permission for Captain Campbell to go home for a visit, and the captain could have stayed in England and not honored his word. But Robert Campbell kept his promise and returned to prison in Germany after visiting with his mother for a week, even though it must have been a terribly hard promise to keep.
God promised in his word that he would send a Savior who would bring people out of sin and death and back to him again, and he kept his promise in Jesus. When Peter tried to defend his Lord by taking a sword and cutting off Malchus’ ear, Jesus told him to put his sword back. He didn’t need Peter to defend him. He said that if he wanted, he could ask his Heavenly Father for more than twelve legions of angels to protect him! But if Jesus had done that, then he couldn’t have kept the promise God had made in Scriptures. He also told the people who had come after him that there had been no need for them to hunt him down with weapons and soldiers in the dark of night. They could have taken him any time they wanted while he was teaching, but they hadn’t done that. This also fulfilled what God had promised in the Scripture.
God always keeps his promises, and that is very good news for us. For Jesus to come and suffer and die for us was a very hard promise to keep, but Jesus did what he had come to do. He didn’t choose to take the easy way out and call on his Father to send angels to rescue him. Jesus did this because he loves us, and he wanted to bring us back to him. Because of Jesus, we are his people, and we can trust him to keep all of his promises to us, now and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for keeping your promise to save us in Jesus. In His Name, Amen.