The cross as God’s divine strategy
But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. Isaiah 53:10-12 NLT
From the text, Isaiah explains the death on the cross from God’s point of view. Even though the crucifixion of Jesus happened at the hands of wicked men, His death was planned out beforehand by God. “God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him” (Acts 2:23). It was not a martyr’s death nor was it an accident. His death was “made an offering for sin.” All the events that surround His death were in accordance with divine strategy. This is why the Lord Jesus Christ did not engage in a fight against His arresters and tormentors. He did it all as part of God’s plan to provide salvation for the world. The cross is God’s expression of His love to us. His death will result life to those who will surrender their lives to God; “He will have many descendants.” The world will accuse Christ’s followers as narrow-minded, fugitives, and losers. But for God, they are “counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.” Through His word accomplished at the cross, we who have come to know Him as Lord and Savior are enriched beyond measure. “Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God” (1 Corinthians 3:22–23). Jesus could have bypassed dying on the cross if He had given in to Satan’s temptations (see Matthew 4:8-10). But “He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:8-10).