Acts 1:15-17 (NIV)
15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”
All that happened to Jesus was foretold in Scripture. (Lk 24:27)
It wasn’t like it came as a surprise to God. As if He had to deal with circumstances as they unfolded.
In fact, the suffering and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was all God’s doing (Lk 24:46): ‘planned’ (Acts 2:23) and predicted long ago (Lk 24:44).
Don’t for a second take away God’s sovereignty and say that mankind was in control. (Rom 8:3)
Yes, ‘lawless men’ are to blame. (Acts 2:23)
But Jesus came to earth to die: to die in our place. That was His goal; His purpose. (Isa 53)
And He resolutely followed the path to Calvary. (Matt 26:54)
The one laid out for Him by His Father. The one of suffering (Lk 24:46) and rejection and ‘death on a cross’ (Php 2:8).
Yet that was not the end of it. Because we know that ‘on the third day [He rose] from the dead, …’ (Lk 24:46)
And thank God He did!
prayer : thank you Jesus that you are the Christ: the Messiah who has ‘fulfilled’ the Scriptures (Lk 24:44)
action : ‘meditate’ on the Scriptures ‘day and night’ (Ps 1:3)