What the Cross Says About God's Sovereignty (5 of 6) by Jonathan McLeod
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Series: The Cross: What It Says About God
"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty words and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it."
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
The sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that all things are under God's rule and control, and that nothing happens without his direction or permission. He "works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Eph. 1:11).
God uses all things to fulfill his PURPOSES and even uses evil for his GLORY and our GOOD.
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is the power to make great and to give strength to all" (1 Chron. 29:11-12).
WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHRIST'S DEATH?
This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men (v. 23).
1. On the human level, JUDAS gave Jesus up to the PRIESTS, who gave him up to PILATE, who gave him up to the SOLDIERS, who crucified him.
"The one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 'What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?' And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him" (Matt. 26:14-16).
"So when [the priests] had gathered, Pilate said to them, 'Whom do you ...
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