And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.” Luke 22:35-38
Jesus often quoted the Hebrew Scriptures or what we know as the Old Testament and Jesus quoted Isaiah repeatedly. So in today’s verses we find Jesus quoting part of Isaiah 53:12 which we looked at yesterday. Jesus is telling His disciples that times are about to get really bad really quickly.
The disciples were unaware of what was going to happen over the next few hours. While they thought of Jesus as the Messiah they too saw Jesus as setting up a worldly kingdom. That God’s anointed would or could be put to death by the Romans was not in their thinking. But Jesus was letting them know once again that He was going to die but that His death was not the end but a new beginning.
It is easy to see two thousand years later why what happened had to happen but I know I would not have been any different than the disciples. No one wants to put three years of their life, giving up everything, for a cause, to follow someone you felt would change the world only to find out he would be executed as a common criminal. We always seem to think those we admire will go on forever. But Jesus had repeatedly warned the disciples what had to happen and what would take place after His death. They either could not or would not believe Him.
So we find Jesus and eleven of the twelve headed to Gethsemane to pray. Only Jesus knows that in a few hours the disciple’s world will be turned upside down. Jesus knows what needs to be done and He knows what he will do but He also knows the incredible pain He will soon endure. From a human perspective this would be extremely hard. We all know we will die but for most of us we know not the time, place or way we will die. To willingly go to such a horrific death takes much more than courage, it takes a love never before shown on earth.
Have a blessed day,