celebrates the death and resurrection of her Savior and Lord. The old expression “born to die” is most accurate for Jesus. Everything He did showed the intentionality of going up to Jerusalem to lay down His life as a ransom for many. John Piper helps to unpack the weight and mystery of this as he writes the following five ways in which we can see this truth displayed.
1) Jesus himself made choices precisely to fulfill the Scriptures.
“Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my
Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Matthew 26:52–54)
2) Jesus repeatedly expressed his commitment to go to Jerusalem — into the very jaws of the lion.
“See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” (Mark 10:33–34)
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51)
3) Jesus spoke of his suffering in the words of Isaiah.
“I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
4) Jesus handled the injustice of it all by trusting his Father.
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:23)
5) Jesus was under no constraint, but acted completely voluntarily.
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (John 10:17–18)
When John says, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16), we should feel the intensity of his love for us to the degree that we see his intentionality to suffer and die. I pray that you will feel it profoundly.
(Taken from http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/every-calvary-step-was-love.)