Matthew 26: 53-54. “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”
How much power would twelve legions of angels have? You can’t even begin to imagine!
A Roman legion was about 6000 soldiers. Twelve legions, then, about 72,000.
But Jesus said the Father could give Him more than that! Hundreds of thousands of angels at His disposal. Now consider something else:
In Isaiah 37:36, we read that one angel killed 185,000 soldiers in one night. On that basis, twelve legions of angels could slay 13,320,000,000. That’s 13 billion, 320 million. That number is hard for me to comprehend. Statistics say that there are now about 7 billion people on earth. It would take only half of twelve legions of angels to deal with that!
So what was Jesus’ point? The next verse is the answer:
If Peter, or all the disciples, or the angels of heaven themselves should intervene and save Jesus from the cross, how then could the scriptures be fulfilled that He must die so that we might live? He was born to die. He never asked to be spared from that, knowing that His death and resurrection was the only way of salvation for all mankind.