Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?” Matthew 26:53-54
Jesus spoke these words on the night He was betrayed in the garden and one of the disciples tried to stop the soldiers from seizing Him, and ended up cutting off the ear of one of them. Jesus immediately healed the soldier’s ear, told the disciple to put away his sword and spoke the words quoted above.
These words are indeed relevant for us today. They are relevant for some of you who are suffering chronic illnesses that God has chosen not to heal — at least not yet. They are relevant to all of us who struggle with something for which a few thousand angels would most likely come in handy. And they are relevant to what’s going on in the world right now that we wish God would swoop in and fix. Of course He could, so the fact that He’s not must mean that He has other plans for what He wants to accomplish.
Thousands of angels would surely be nice for me right now; how about you? But the same thing applies to us. If God did call in angels, how would God’s will be fulfilled that describes what must happen now? What must happen now is the key element here. We are all living in the what must happen now. That is the will of God, and you do not want to stand in its way.
By the way, have you ever thought about that soldier who lost his ear and had Jesus put it back again? How bizarre was that? What do you think was going through his mind as they took Jesus back to town? Can’t you imagine him feeling for his ear all the way to the high priest’s house just to make sure it was still there? Maybe we can ask him about that in heaven, because he must have become a believer that night.