Many see the cross of Jesus Christ (His sacrificial death) as a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened, if only the Jewish nation had believed on Him. Such a view is contrary to the Bible teaching as to why the Lord Jesus came into the world and suffered and died.
The scripture is clear that it was God Himself who crucified His Son Acts 2:23.
Why did He do it?
The answer is that God had from all eternity chosen a great number of sinners that He purposed to save, Ephesians 1:4.
However, that He might be just in saving them, He purposed that His Eternal Son should come as a man, be born under the same law that condemned sinners, and suffer and die in their place, Galatians 4:4.
God set forth His Son to be a propitiation [a satisfaction through death], that He might justly forgive the sin of every one of His elect from Adam to the end of the world, and justify them by Christ’s death.
The Lord Jesus so completely satisfied God’s justice by His death that God now declares just every one for whom Christ died. This is the good news of the Gospel!
By Ken Wimer