Why Christ Suffered and Died – Reason #2: To Please His Heavenly Father
“…it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief” (Isaiah 53:10).
“Jesus did not wrestle his angry Father to the floor of heaven and take the whip out of his hand. He did not force him to be merciful to humanity. His death was not the begrudging consent of God to be lenient to sinners. No, what Jesus did when he suf- fered and died was the Father’s idea…”
(John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Wheaton: Crossway, 2004] 22).
The rest of the above referenced book can be downloaded for free as a PDF. This book makes a great devotional for daily Lenten meditations.