“And Jesus said to them, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber? Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures’.” (14:48-49)
As I was reading, this time, I started asking myself, what is with all the drama about Judas’ betrayal? All he did was tell them where to find Jesus, one night, when they were usually very aware of his location. Big deal right? Jesus even calls this out, “why the theatrics? You see me every day.” But then He gives the reason: to fulfill Scripture.
The prophesies concerning the Messiah were not like horoscope predictions: likely or easily fulfilled. They were very specifically unlikely.
This is also evidenced in Peter, who swore he would never deny Jesus–even following Him to the death–but then did so, maybe an hour later.
It takes me back to the purpose of this letter: to ask all the questions and present all the evidence concerning the Christ-hood of Jesus. He had power over sickness and demons. He fulfilled even the most improbable prophesies.
The long awaited Messiah had come and somehow it went down in a both predictable and surprising way. Down to the last moment, falling asleep in the garden, the disciples didn’t seem to get Jesus was about to die, even though He’d been talking about it non-stop.
It is so very relatable to be constantly instructed with the Truth, and then still blink at it, like it’s not sinking in at all.
Is there something the LORD is constantly telling/reminding you? What is keeping those words from sinking in to your heart? Whether it’s about self worth, identity, the importance of forgiveness, the vitality of grace, etc. it’s time to get the message.
Talk to the LORD about it, today, and ask Him to reveal what is in the way of the truth sinking in.