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#114 More Than Twelve Legions of Angels                                                            March 1, 2015

More than two thousand years ago, during what would be our Monday night, our Lord Jesus Christ was falsely arrested.  During the time of that arrest Jesus Christ said something that I have thought about a great deal in recent days.

             Matthew 26:53:  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently [immediately] give me  more
             than twelve legions of angels?
             54  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Even though the multitude that came to arrest our lord and savior numbered in the hundreds, I think it’s safe to say their swords and staves would have been no match for more than twelve legions of angels.  That’s more than 72,000 angels!

Jesus Christ could have prevented his false arrest by simply praying to his Father and receiving more than 72,000 angels to assist him as stated in verse 53.  Certainly those more than 72,000 angels would have been available from his Father by his prayer at any time during the horror of what he faced in the coming days.  But in the coming days he remained absolutely unwavering in his commitment of verse 54:
                                             But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Later that same evening he was beaten before Annas.
             John 18:22:  And when he [the Lord Jesus Christ] had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck  Jesus
             with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?

When he was taken before Caiaphas for the first time, he was beaten again.
             Matthew 26:67:  Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their  hands,
             68  Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

God doesn’t reveal much of what happened when he was before Herod, later on Tuesday, except that he was “set at nought,” mocked and ridiculed.
             Luke 23:11:  And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous  robe,
             and sent him again to Pilate.

Then, back to Pilate again on that Tuesday, he was savagely beaten and tortured with the first crown of thorns.
             John 19:1:  Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
             2  And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
             3  And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Even later on that Tuesday:
             Matthew 27:27:  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the  whole
             band of soldiers.
             28  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
             29  And when they had platted a crown of thorns [the second crown of thorns], they put it upon his head, and a  reed in
             his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
             30  And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Everything that we have noted from the Scriptures occurred before the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and he wasn’t crucified until the next day: our Wednesday. 

Every minute of the horrific hours of the coming day - his crucifixion and his death - the choice remained:
                          Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently [immediately]
                                                              give me more than twelve legions of angels?
                                                                                                  or
                                                But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Is it any wonder God said of that man, His only begotten Son, the risen and returning Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ:
                                                              “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”?

                                                    © Stephen A. Harrison  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893