Calvary was always part of God’s plan

“It’s what God had in mind all along.” Isa 53:10 TM

The Psalmist wrote: “My God, why have You for­sak­en Me … I am … a reproach of men, and despised … All those who see Me ridicule Me … say­ing ‘He trust­ed in the Lord … let Him deliv­er Him’ … I am poured out like water … My bones are out of joint … My tongue clings to My jaws … They pierced My hands and … feet … and for My cloth­ing they cast lots” (Ps 22:1–18 NKJV).

Think about it: David could be describ­ing Jesus’ cru­ci­fix­ion in detail. Yet when he wrote these words cru­ci­fix­ion had­n’t been intro­duced as a form of exe­cu­tion. It was ini­ti­at­ed cen­turies lat­er by the Phoeni­cians, and long after that before it was adopt­ed by the Roman Empire.

Dr. Charles Augus­tus Brig­gs says: “You can take this psalm … lay it side-by-side with New Tes­ta­ment accounts of the cru­ci­fix­ion … and see how they dove­tail per­fect­ly. It’s aston­ish­ing that some­one could describe some­thing so inti­mate­ly and intri­cate­ly a thou­sand years before it hap­pened.” Cal­vary was­n’t the result of hap­pen­stance. Long before Jesus came on the scene, God had a plan to rec­on­cile us to Him­self through Christ (See 2 Co 5:18 NlV).

His­to­ri­an Paul L. Maier says: “In Isa­iah chap­ter 53 we have almost a run­ning com­men­tary on what hap­pened on Good Fri­day … It would be math­e­mat­i­cal­ly impos­si­ble for any­one else to ful­fill all these para­me­ters of prophe­cy in the Old Tes­ta­ment bet­ter than Jesus.”

Bot­tom line: “It’s what God had in mind all along … to give him­self as an offer­ing for sin.” That means long before there was an East­er, God was think­ing about you!

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. pub­lished on Apr 14’17 – Kennedy D James and Jer­ry New­combe. Cross Pur­pos­es (Port­land, Ore.: Mult­nom­ah, 2007), pp. 42–50