THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
To be betrayed is one thing;
to be betrayed with a sign of affection and brotherly love, is quite another!
47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?
49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
50 And they all forsook him, and fled.
6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
They came with a multitude armed with swords to take Him Who was in the garden for prayer.
They came with a traitor who betrayed Him with a sign of affection and brotherly love.
They came to take, with an army, Him Whom they had declared only a teacher.
Yet they KNEW His power!
For when He spoke, they “went backward, and fell to the ground!”
All of the first three Scriptures are written in past tense, of men who acted THEN.
But the prophecy of Isaiah is written in present tense, and concerns men NOW!
Yes, we can say “they” crucified Him.
But we must say “we” have done as evil as they!
Who among us has not “rejected” His teaching of “love thy neighbor as thyself?”
Who among us has not “despised” His teaching of “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses?” (Matt. 6:15)
Who among us has “esteemed Him not” when we disobey His command to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...?” (Matt. 28:19)
Even the most stalwart and evangelistic among us has “left” our “first Love!”
Rev 2:4-5 says,
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Repentance is required for revival to commence!