From Bedside Blessings by Charles R. Swindoll
Jesus of Nazareth had a magnificent obsession: the cross. Painful and anguishing though it was, He found Himself consumed by a compelling sense of Divine providence, and each day of His adult life drew Him inexorably closer to the fulfillment of His mission.
Jesus was not a helpless victim of fate; He was not a pitiful martyr. . . . His death on the cross was no afterthought on God’s part, but rather the fulfillment of the Father’s predetermined plan for His Son.
“It is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name.” – Luke 24:46–47
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