John: Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Was Jesus’ death on the cross the result of things getting out of hand when angry Jewish leaders demanded that Pilate have Jesus executed? Or was there more to it than that? In John 19:16-27 we read such clear, straightforward language – sentences like “So he [Pilate] delivered him over to them to be crucified” (19:16). Yet, Peter would preach just weeks later, “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified . . .” (Acts 2:23). Maybe we should read John 19 again. Maybe the Lord wants us to see in John 19 that Jesus’ death was all pre-planned for our sake – for our salvation. Amazing love. How can it be? May the Spirit elevate Christ in our thinking, our affections, and our church!