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The first and ultimate cause of His death is God the Father. Christ was set up from eternity by Divine decree to be the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
Although wicked men prompted by the evil of their own hearts inflicted the suffering, they acted according to the Divine purpose of God (Acts 2:23; Acts 4:26-28).
This is no excuse for the wickedness of man in hating and crucifying the Son of God. We are held accountable because we must operate by God's revealed will by way of commandment. But we see according to God's secret will, He overrules the wickedness of men to carry forth His glorious purposes. Wicked men meant it for evil; God meant it for good.
The pleasure that God the Father took in the death of His Son was not any enjoyment over suffering. It was the satisfaction He took in that every attribute of His holy character was revealed, honored, and magnified in the salvation of sinners based on the righteousness Christ brought forth by His obedience unto death. God chose a people, a multitude of sinners, before the foundation of the world, and He purposed to save them and have eternal fellowship with them. But this salvation and fellowship was impossible except God's holy law and justice be satisfied.
Holiness and sin can have no fellowship. Therefore, it was necessary that the Father condition all of their salvation on Christ and send Him into the world to fulfill those conditions. To have fellowship with God we must be perfectly holy and righteousness, and the only way is through Christ.
By Bill Parker