Did God’s plan of redemption make Jesus suffer, or did it know that he would?
Is it one or the other, or is it both?
From the prophecies of old to the sweat soaked prayer in the garden, aspects of each avenue can be seen.
Regardless of the answer to the above question(s), Jesus chose to suffer for us. He chose to lay down his life so we could have our life (John 10:15-18).
Some stumble in the face of such questions while others grow closer to God through it. But how should we react according to the suffering servant himself?
“Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27)