"Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?" John 18:4
Don't think for one moment that what happened to Jesus at the crucifixion was a surprise to Him. He knew what was coming. He knew He would be rejected, beaten, mocked, spit upon and crucified. He never cried out to His Father, "Wait, I didn't know I was going to have to go through all this." He knew. Yet He went through with it. He laid His life down. Those who were part of the deed- the ones who came and arrested Him, the ones who turned Him over to be crucified, those who beat Him, the ones who denied Him- did not force Him into something He could not get out of. Never think for one minute that Jesus wasn't in full control of the situation-- "Don't you know that I can ask My Father to send angels and take Me out of this? You could have no power against me if it wasn't given to you from the Father. No man takes My life, I lay it down." (John 19:11; Matthew 26:53; John 10:18)
Yes, He knew what was coming. He knew in Gethsemane. This is why His sweat was drops of blood. He willingly suffered all things so that we could have eternal life. His desire for us was greater than the pain that He had to endure for this to happen. No greater love was there than this. For those who continue to run from Him. who continue to reject Him, who constantly neglect Him, who will not surrender your life to Him... why?
Why wouldn't you trust your life into the hands of someone like this? Someone who willing gave up His life for you. Who loved you more than anyone else has. Who proved His love. Who suffered, was tortured, endured pain beyond description and willingly subjected Himself to it-- just to be with you.
Have a great day. Jesus knew what He would suffer at the cross, but He did it anyway because He loves you.
For further reading:
John 3:16,17; 15:3
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