My friend John Tuttlebee is a retired ECM missionary and is secretary of Limerick Baptist Church. He has contributed the following reflection on the cross.
Why was he there? Judas had betrayed him; the religious leaders had twisted the evidence; the Roman governor lacked the courage of his convictions.
But behind the human actors was a Divine plan : this had to happen “to fulfil the Scriptures”. Jesus was God’s Chosen Deliverer, come not to save the Jews from the Romans, but to deliver all mankind from the tyranny of sin. God’s Messiah must die in the place of the people He had made: people who could betray their friends, hunt down those they hated, and be unready to stand for right: people who treated one another like that because they had lost respect for their Creator.
I am so grateful to those who pointed me to passages like these in the New Testament, so that as a young man I turned from my own ways, thanked Christ for his sacrifice and gave my life to him.