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Reading: Matthew 26:47-56
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. (vv.53-56)

A history book I was reading mentioned something about Jesus having made an effort to self-fulfill Messianic prophecies. We know that many learned Bible scholars have long refuted this, and with very convincing arguments (talk about more than 300 prophecies being fulfilled!). In fact, if Jesus wanted prophecy to not be fulfilled, that’s when He had to make an effort—to appeal to His Father to send twelve legions of angels to halt His execution on the Cross. But He didn’t. Even the leaders of the time could have stopped His ministry early on, but they didn’t—because that’s how prophecy plays out—it just happens! Regardless of the options and the decisions that we make, God’s Word will work around every situation and circumstance. The moment He speaks His Word, the countdown begins.  His Word will not return to Him empty (Isaiah 55.10-11; 53.2-5). And that is also why we can boldly sing that we’re standing on the promises of God!

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55.10-11 (ESVUK)

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139.15-16 (ESVUK)

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1.6

Standing on the Promises
(Russell Kelso Carter, 1886)

Standing on the promises of Christ, my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God, my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail.
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ, the Lord,
Bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning ev’ry moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

10 thoughts on “Countdown

  1. This really blessed my spirit, reading it. I enjoyed your discussion of this topic. The reading reference caught my eye because I just read that passage a few days ago in my daily reading. So I know Holy Spirit drew me to this! Also, just today my husband and I were listening to that hymn and singing along, about ten hours or so before reading this post! So fun how He confirms His Word!

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  2. Amen. Jesus never tried to fulfill a single prophecy. He simply did the will of His Father, and all was fulfilled. Even so with us. Never try to fulfill any prophecy that you have received personally. Just do the will of God. If it was a true prophecy it will be fulfilled.

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    • Thank you, Allan for this remark! This further helps my understanding. I do have some discomfort with some Christian campaigns to “fulfill prophecy” (other than that, they do a great ministry in spreading the Gospel and providing practical help to those in need). You are right, Jesus simply followed the will of His Father, and that is what we should also be concerned about. Blessings!

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