"Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" (Matthew 26:52-54)

Here Jesus has just been arrested by a group 'armed with swords and clubs' (Matt 26:47). Here is the text just before his statement:

With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. (Matt. 26:51)

From Jesus' statement, we can see clearly that he was responding to one of his students attacking someone who was accompanying the guards that arrested Jesus.

This is confirmed in the Book of John, where it states:

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (John 18:10)

It is curious that this translation uses the word "companion." "Companion" does not communicate follower or disciple. Rather, the Greek phrase, εἷς τῶν μετὰ means, literally, 'those who were with'. The next word is Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), so we know that the text is referencing someone who was "with Jesus" at the time of his arrest. So who were with Jesus?
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." (Matt. 26:36)
We know from this statement that his disciples were with Jesus at the time of his arrest. Therefore, we know two things about his disciples:

1) At least one of them - Simon Peter - was carrying a sword.
2) His disciples were prepared to defend their teacher against attack.

We also know from this statement that Jesus wanted no part of any bloodshed between his disciples and the guards. While there was certainly blood spilled - as cutting off someone's ear would certainly spill some major blood - this displeased Jesus, evidenced by his statement.

So Jesus is chastising one of his disciples who pulled his sword and attacked a servant of the high priest. Why? Doesn't he appreciate that his student is trying to protect him?

Rather, this student does not realize, as Jesus was just teaching them, that his arrest and coming execution was a teaching event arranged by the Supreme Being.

"But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

This statement by Jesus has been taken out of context and enlarged far beyond its meaning. Ecclesiastical Christian teachings since the days of the beginning of the Roman Catholic Church and the Creed of Nicea have proposed that the entire Bible is all about Jesus. They have tried to construe that practically every prediction or prophesy made by the various Teachers of the Old Testament were all speaking of a single coming messiah who would save mankind - Jesus.

As a result of this interpretation - construed to try to make one sect appear to be the only true religion - from an attempt for the Roman government to dominate Europe and the Middle East - so many statements within David's Psalms, Ezekiel's revelations, Moses' teachings, Job's communications with God, Solomon's visions and so many other deep teaching events of the Scriptures have been twisted to all be predicting Jesus' coming to "die for our sins."

This interpretation is manipulative and not based upon scripture. It is construed to appeal to and attract followers who want to be purified without having a change of heart.

It is focused upon removing the consequences of our self-centered behavior. The teaching states that all one has to do is "accept Jesus into my heart and accept that he died for my sins" and we are saved from the consequences of our sins.

Really now? If this were true, why are there so many followers who have joined this sect and gone to the communions and even brandish crosses around their necks or tattooed to their arms, and yet are sitting in jail for having committed a crime - or otherwise suffering the consequences for their actions? Why are they still suffering the consequences of their sins if they have been 'saved'?

These sectarian teachers like to preach that the absolution from sins takes place in the confessional or during communion.

But do these work? There are many criminals who have committed crimes and confessed their crimes, yet they end up being caught and arrested - and punished - for their crimes. If the confessions and communions worked, why do they still have to pay for their crime? And why do they continue to do self-centered sinful behavior even though they are supposedly 'saved'?

These examples defy this teaching about our sins being "cleansed" or otherwise "saved" once we make this pledge of allegiance to Jesus, or "take confession."

It basically points to the fact that the entire teaching is false. Their promises and rituals have no power. They have made false promises in order to gain followers, and have thus tricked followers into joining their institutions.

This is the same as so many evangelist preachers who promise that if we go to their revivals we will be cured of physical diseases and handicaps. While so many of these evangelists have been exposed as cheaters for paying people to fake their "healings," and/or showing the placebo effect, people will still believe they will be healed if they go to one of these revivals.

This is because these professional teachers are very persuasive. Along with their charismatic approach, they can say that if someone doesn't get healed, or "saved" or cleansed of the responsibilities of their sins, then we just didn't "believe" enough.

This is all hucksterism disguised as religion. It is cheating. These are all professional preachers who profit from their followers. They get wealthy from being influential. It is a business. They are selling "becoming saved" or "born again."

Let's look again at Jesus' statement:

"But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

The word "Scriptures" is taken from the Greek word γραφή (graphē). This means, according to the lexicon, 1) a writing, thing written; 2) the Scripture, used to denote either the book itself, or its contents; 3) a certain portion or section of the Holy Scripture.

Jesus is not talking about fulfilling the entire Bible here. He is not saying that the entire Old Testament was all about him. Jesus is talking about its content.

He is talking about the message of the Scriptures being fulfilled.

And what is that message? This is the message taught by Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David and every other Prophet. And it is the central message of Jesus' teachings:
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matt. 23:37-38)
How so? We can see from the lives and teachings of all the Prophets that they loved God with all their being. They gave their lives to God, and they made so many sacrifices for God.

Giving oneself to God out of love is the message and example of all of the Prophets, and thus the teaching of all the Scriptures. This is what is trying to be conveyed, both from the specifics of their teachings, and the context of their lives. Many of the Prophets were persecuted for their teachings and their commitment to the Supreme Person (such as John the Baptist). While not everyone was executed as Jesus was, we can see that they all committed their lives to the Supreme Being in one respect or another. This is the message that Jesus' life fulfills.

And all of these Prophets were each "messiahs," because their teachings and lives - individually and as a whole - have the ability to teach us this central message of the Scriptures. They all fulfill this message of the Scriptures to love and serve God with all our hearts and all of our being.

And certainly, Jesus act also fulfills this message, because Jesus was committing himself to pleasing God and doing God's will. Because Jesus loves God. This is the take-away message from Jesus' life, and all of the Scriptures.

And getting this message certainly has the ability to save us. How so? By encouraging us to also commit our life to God, and focus on coming to know Him, love Him and please Him. By embarking on this path we will be saved because we will be going home. We will be beginning the process of purifying our consciousness, and thus heading back to the spiritual realm, where there is no greed, envy or self-centeredness.

In the spiritual world there are no consequences for sins because there is no sinning. There is only love and loving service: For the Supreme Being and all of His children.


 (For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus  - translated from the original Greek texts.)