The plan for mankind’s salvation was made long before Jesus was born. God predicted the dark day of sadness that was to come when he would be taking care of the body of Jesus.
Amos 8:9 Christian Standard Bible
9 And in that day—this is the declaration of the Lord God—I will make the sun go down at noon; I will darken the land in the daytime.
Luke 23:44 Amplified Bible
44 It was now about the sixth hour (noon), and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.),
Psalm 31:5 21st Century King James Version
5 Into Thine hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Luke 23:46 Easy-to-Read Version
46 Jesus shouted, “Father, I put my life in your hands!” After Jesus said this, he died.
Psalm 34:20 Evangelical Heritage Version
20 He watches over all his bones; not one of them will be broken.
John 19:33 Jubilee Bible 2000
33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was dead already, they did not break his legs,
Isaiah 53:9 New Life Version
9 They gave Him a grave with the sinful, but with the rich at His death, for He had done no wrong, and there was nothing false in His mouth.
Luke 23:52-53 New English Translation
52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock, where no one had yet been buried.
Psalm 16:10 GOD’S WORD Translation
10 because you do not abandon my soul to the grave or allow your holy one to decay.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Living Bible
3 I passed on to you right from the first what had been told to me, that Christ died for our sins just as the Scriptures said he would, 4 and that he was buried, and that three days afterwards he arose from the grave just as the prophets foretold.
All of the ancient prophecies surrounding the death of Jesus were fulfilled. Jesus knew these prophecies and spent his life making sure they all came true. His life’s mission was to do the will of his father in all things as he proclaimed the Kingdom of God. Why was Jesus so driven to complete his mission? What would have happened if Jesus failed? How are people forgiven of their sins?
Jesus knew he had to die to bring salvation to mankind. Knowing the scriptures foretold his death would not be quick but would be painful to the end, his trial and scourgings were only the prelude of a long day of torment. He would die utterly exhausted. Which was his strongest motivator, hate, fear, greed, or love?
Psalm 22:14-15 New Living Translation
14 My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. 15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
Matthew 27:32 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition
32 And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced to take up his cross.
Isaiah 53:12 International Children’s Bible
12 For this reason I will make him a great man among people. He will share in all things with those who are strong. He willingly gave his life. He was treated like a criminal. But he carried away the sins of many people. And he asked forgiveness for those who sinned.
Psalm 22:18 English Standard Version
18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
Psalm 22:7-8 GOD’S WORD Translation
7 All who see me make fun of me. Insults pour from their mouths. They shake their heads and say, 8 “Put yourself in the Lord’s hands. Let the Lord save him! Let God rescue him since he is pleased with him!”
Psalm 69:21 Names of God Bible
21 They poisoned my food, and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
Luke 23:32-39 Easy-to-Read Version
32 There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be killed. 33 They were led to a place called “The Skull.” There the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. They also nailed the criminals to crosses beside Jesus—one on the right and the other on the left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” The soldiers threw dice to divide Jesus’ clothes between them. 35 The people stood there watching everything. The Jewish leaders laughed at Jesus. They said, “If he is God’s Chosen One, the Messiah, then let him save himself. He saved others, didn’t he?” 36 Even the soldiers laughed at Jesus and made fun of him. They came and offered him some sour wine. 37 They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 (At the top of the cross these words were written: “ this is the king of the jews.”) 39 One of the criminals hanging there began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Then save yourself, and save us too!”