“That the Scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled.” Matthew 26:56 KJV
“… to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Matthew 26:56 NASB
Each Gospel account stresses a different aspect of the Garden and focuses upon a slightly different expression from Christ as He submitted to wicked men.
Matthew stresses the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophets. It is consistent with the theme he has been developing throughout his Gospel account. Mark seems to place his emphasis upon the word “must” (Mk 14:49). Luke is entirely different: “This is your hour and the power of darkness” (Luke 22:53). The perfect Man was delivered over into the hands of wicked men and Satanic fury. John reported, “The cup which the Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11).
Each expression is consistent with the theme of each gospel, yet taken together, they remind us of all that took Christ to Calvary: to fulfill the Word of God, to complete the service given Him, to defeat the power of Satan, and to accomplish the Father’s will.
Questions to Consider:
- What prophecies were being fulfilled by the apprehension of the Lord Jesus in the Garden?
- Why do you think the Lord Jesus questioned the mob which came to take Him (v 55)?
- Was the arrest and crucifixion of Christ also the inevitable result of the confrontation between absolute holiness and fallen humanity?