“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53, NIV 1984).
My Musings – He knew He could avoid it. All He had to do was call out to His Father. Were the legions of angels on standby waiting for the call? Or did they know the Son well enough to know that the call would not come? We don’t know what was going on behind the scenes. But we know what went down on center stage. “But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” (Matthew 26:54, NIV 1984). Love compelled Him. Love for His prized creation. But also love for the Father, and a desire to please Him. “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11, NIV 1984). A purely rhetorical question. He had no intention of not going through with it.
My Advice – He was not forced to die on the cross. He willingly laid down His life for us. Should we not then take the gift that He so graciously offers?