Although Angels Were Ready...
(Taken from The King Has Come by Charles Spurgeon)
53Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
How royally our King speaks! He was the true Master of the situation. He had but to pray to His Father, and "more than twelve legions of angels" would come flashing down from the court of heaven. Each timid disciple might have found himself captain of an angelic legion, while their Lord might have had as many more as he chose. There was, however, one difficulty in the way: "How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" Jesus thought more of fulfilling the scriptures than of being delivered from the hands of wicked me. Neither Jewish bands nor Roman ropes could have held Him captive if He had not been under the bond of a mightier force, even that eternal covenant into which He had entered on behalf of His people.
Note: But then read on in the story of the Garden in Luke 23:
41And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
(Painting by Ron DiCianni)