Death sure looks like defeat. Think about it. Everything you’ve spent a life working for, saving for, planning for … in that moment ends.
When Jesus died, we’re sometimes told that the devil won the battle, but God would win the war three days later. To Christ’s disciples, it felt that way, but His death was not a loss but a great victory. His mission, from the very beginning was to die so that He could save many.
Jesus said, The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He came to die. It was the plan all along.
Creation killing its Creator was unthinkable, but the reason for His death even more scandalous: It was Heaven’s plan.
The apostles prayed: Truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done (Acts 4:27-28).
The death of Jesus on the cross wasn’t a concoction of evil men. It was the eternal plan of the Everlasting God. The death of Jesus on the cross wasn’t merely a victory for the sinner who would be saved, but a victorious triumph for the Godhead, whose plan of redemption was fulfilled perfectly.