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Emmaus Road - Part 3

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Persecution of the Christ

    As the scriptures say about the Christ, He was to be despised and rejected by His people, even His close friends would betray Him. Isaiah said of the Messiah that, "He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face he was despised, and we did not esteem Him." (Isaiah 53:3) David accurately described how the Messiah would be treated by His people, "I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men and despised by the people." (Psalm 22:6)

    Jesus continued to explain to the disciples as they walked, "... they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. They have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, 'THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'" (John 15:24,25; Psalm 35:19) Like the psalmist said, "Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head." (Psalm 69:4) As Christ said at the last supper with His disciples, "I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.'" (John 13:18; Psalm 41:9)  He had even previously told His disciples on many occasions that He would be persecuted. Jesus told them, "Behold. we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death  and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again." (Mark 10:33, 34)

    After that last supper with His disciples, He went to the Garden of Gethsemane. It was there He was betrayed and led away, "While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, 'Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.' Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him." (Matthew 26:47-49)

    So they led Him to the court of the high priest and to Pilate. Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but the chief priests and officers wanted him crucified. (John 19: 6) Pilate wondered at Jesus because He would not answer his questions. "Pilate said to Him, 'You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?' Jesus answered, 'You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above." You see, God in His wonder had planned this all along. His plan was to allow His Christ to suffer. The prophet Isaiah said of the Messiah, "But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand." (Isaiah 53:10) Likewise, the psalmist spoke of times when the Lord smites for a purpose, "For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten." (Psalm 69:26)

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