Why did He go through with it?

 

Why did Jesus endure such violent rejection—insulted, spat on, savagely flogged—then executed like a common criminal?

To fulfill prophecy. When Peter defended His Master from arrest, Jesus ordered him to sheathe his sword. “How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” (Matthew 26:54).

To do the Father’s will. He did not want to go through with it, yet yielded His own will to His Father’s (Matthew 26:36-46).

Because He loved us. “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us . . .” (1 John 3:16).

To set an example. He wanted to show us how to endure unjust treatment patiently, without retaliating, trusting God for the outcome (1 Peter 2:18-23).

He had His reasons.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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