Do you think of my death on the cross as a tragic misfortune? That would make me a hapless victim. I made it clear that this was my mission from the first. I told my disciples in advance how I would die. I said that for this cause I came into the world.
I said that no man takes my life from me, but I lay it down. I gave it as deliberate and conscious act. This was my destiny that was necessary and only I could fulfill. The eternal truth of this is demonstrated in the reference to me as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. It occurred at a point in time but it was part of the master plan from the beginning and continues to be the pivotal point in all of history.