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The Jewish leaders taunted the Savior as He hung upon the cross: "Let [God] deliver him now, if He will have him!"
The word for "deliver" means to rescue. There is another Greek word that also is translated "deliver," but it means to hand over, to surrender up, or even to betray.
First, note well that though Christ was not delivered from death, yet His body was delivered at that very moment: His body the Church whom He loves! While Christ was being delivered up, and while the Jewish leaders were demanding that he be rescued, His people were rescued for all eternity. Since the Church is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, as His bride, it is true to say that His Body was rescued as He hung upon the tree!
But the Jewish leaders made a logical mistake when they supposed that God would rescue the Son if He truly delighted in Him. They didn't consider that the truth was actually the opposite way around: because God delighted in Christ, He delivered Him up to death!
This was the purpose of the incarnation: that the adorable Son, the 2nd Person of the Trinity, might be incarnate in human flesh, that He might have a body to offer as sacrifice in the place of His people.
Christ delighted to do the Father's will, which was to be delivered unto death for us.
And God delighted in the sacrifice of His Son, for it accomplished His eternal will for the redemption of His elect ones.
God delighted in His Son's sacrfice, and therefore He delivered Him up to death for our offenses. If He had not delighted in Him, He would not have made Him an offering for sin - for only a sacrifice that was a sweet savor to God would atone for our sins!
John Pittman Hey was born in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Godly parents who from the beginning raised him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. With child-like faith he came to Christ on his fourth birthday at his mother's knee. He received his education at church school,...