But the Scriptures must be fulfilled


Time is a consuming concept. While God exists outside of time because of His eternal nature, man, while constrained by physical life, is confined by time. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, …” When it was time to for God to reveal that Abraham would have a son with Sarah, she laughed at the impossibility of it. In that same passage, the time for judgement for Sodom and Gomorrah was revealed. When Hezekiah was told that he would die from his illness, he desired more time. When they ran out of wine at the wedding, Jesus’ mother wanted Him to fix the situation. He said to her, “ “Woman, why do you involve me?  My hour has not yet come.”

What determines whether it is time? Jesus answers it in Mark 1:15. Jesus said, “The time has come,The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Furthermore, our passage today in Mark 14, Jesus sheds greater light on whether the time has come when He said, “But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

At the inception of the text here, Jesus knew His time to be offered as a sacrifice was about to come. That is why He went to the garden to pray. Jesus raises the matter of time again with the crowd that came with swords and clubs to capture him (v.48). He said, “Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. ” Why didn’t they arrest Jesus any of those times that He taught people? Jesus answers it. It was not time, but now it is time for Him to be arrested. Why is it time? Jesus said it would not be time “But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

Jesus gives us insight into the events of our lives. Just as there were appointed times in Jesus’ life for the plan and character of God to be revealed, it is the same with us. God has determined the time and place for us to live (Acts 17:26). As Ecclesiastes informs us, there is a time for everything. God has seen and determined our unformed bodies and all the days ordained for us were written in His book (Psalm 139:16).  In Mark 14, Jesus shares when and why things happen in time – But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

What does that have to do with us? Romans 8 tells us that “26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 

For the follower of Christ, our lives are full of moments that are designed to conformed to the image of Christ (v.29), so that He will bring glory to God by glorifying us as we enter into the presence of Almighty God. What time is it? Time in of itself means nothing But the Scriptures must be fulfilled, so I am grateful for time. God is working in all of us who follow Jesus His plan to conform us to the likeness of Christ. Hallelujah. 

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