“He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you.”
1 Peter 1:20
Let’s end this insane thought that Jesus was caught by surprise by His suffering and death. It would appear that there are those who feel they are accomplishing much in exalting the humanity of Jesus by presenting such an argument. Presenting Jesus as a confused, unsuspecting victim of uncontrollable circumstances doesn’t exalt Him. It is a foolish argument.
The scripture is very clear that Jesus knew who He was and what was going to occur. In John 10:17-18 Jesus said, “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” Matthew 21:16 informs us of Jesus knowledge, “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
This does not sound like a man that when arrested in the garden was thinking, “Wow, I didn’t see this coming.” No. Not only did He see it coming, He willingly laid down His life. He willingly went to the cross. He went to the cross as the prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 53:7, “like a lamb led to the slaughter.”
On this Friday that we recall Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, let us be reminded that He suffered and died intentionally for the glory of God to be revealed in paying the sin debt mankind owed. Romans 8:3 states, “He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”
Caught off guard? The scriptures make it clear that was not the case. His love for condemned sinners and His plan to save them was an eternal plan. Let’s be grateful and respond by faith in Jesus for His saving work.
1 John 4:10 tells us, “This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”