The Divine Conspiracy

Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.  This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”  (Acts 2:22-24 NIV, emphasis added)

The Jews couldn’t have killed Jesus without the Romans, because they didn’t have the right under Roman law to execute capital punishment.  Nor would the Gentiles have considered killing Jesus without the Jews, because they had no real quarrel with him.  From Jesus’ arrest to crucifixion, provides a rare occasion of Jews and Gentiles collaborating together, thus implicating all of humanity in the death of the Christ!  And the Apostle Paul would make this theological pronouncement: “For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin” (Rom. 3:9 NIV).

But Luke tells us that Jesus was handed over to be crucified by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge, according to Acts 2 above.  The Father had planned it (see also Acts 4:27-28).

Then the Son himself was in on it.  “As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified” (Matt. 26:2 NIV).

You see, death on a Roman cross was part of God’s plan for sinners, and Jesus was in on the plan too–something of a divine conspiracy.

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