AWAKE, O SWORD
Leslie M. John
“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad”. Matthew 26:31
Whenever Jesus said “it is written” it is to confirm that Jesus was fulfilling what was already written about him in the prophetical books or law books of the Old Testament. In the words of Lord Jesus Christ there is fulfillment of the purpose for which he came into this world and also the assurance given to his followers.
Matthew 26:31 shows us that Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night just before he was betrayed. He said that he was going to be handed over for crucifixion and all of them will be offended. He said they cannot stand the offence and will scatter themselves away from him. Peter said he would not go away from him even though his life was at risk, but Jesus said to him that before the cock crew three times he would deny him three times.
The prophecy about Jesus and his own statement in Matthew 26:31 is in Zechariah 13:7
There is prophecy about crucifixion of Jesus in Isaiah Chapter 53 also.
“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man [that is] my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones”. Zechariah 13:7
Here in Zechariah 13:7 the Father speaks to Himself and says ”Arise O sword against my shepherd. The reference is to the Shepherd who was to come for the sheep. Jesus said about himself that He was the good shepherd and we are his sheep. His sheep knows his voice and will follow him. Even though enemy tries to pluck his sheep from his flock he will not allow any of his sheep to be plucked from the flock.
John Chapter 10 is full of confidence to the believers that no one can take away our salvation even though we might get scattered at times from his presence. The Prophecy refers to the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ as the fellow of the Father. “Fellow” means equal in rank. Jesus said He and His father are one (John 10:29,30)
“The LORD of hosts” is “El-shaddai”. He is the God Almighty. He is “Jehovah”.
“And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” Exodus 6:3.
There are number of references which show that the ”LORD of hosts” is the God of Israel, Jehovah Himself. The LORD SAYS TO HIMSELF to smite the shepherd. In fulfillment of this prophecy Jesus was smitten for our sake. In fulfillment of the prophecy his disciples went away from him because of fear.
However, Jehovah said that He will turn His hand upon the little ones. The disciples of Jesus and we are all His little ones on whom the hand of the LORD is turned in compassion. Even though we have gone astray God loved us and He gave His one and only begotten Son for our sake. His only begotten Son Jesus was crucified bearing our sins on the cross to redeem us from the bondage of sin.
Jesus was buried and was raised on the third day according to Scriptures and after forty days from his resurrection he ascended into heaven.
“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:5-6
Later, Peter spoke of Jesus boldly and testified about Him. ”This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses” Acts 2:32