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Peter Meadows answers your questions about God.

“If Jesus was so good how come He was executed?”

You are so right. Jesus was 'good' – although that has to be the greatest understatement of all time.

So how come He was strung up like a common criminal? The answer – amazing as it must sound – is that this was God's plan from the start.

You see, Jesus did not stumble onto the stage of history. The script had already been written – with Him as the central character.

Jesus was to be the kingpin of God's rescue plan. The One who would deliver us all from the mess we have created.

The Jewish scriptures had been promising such a deliverer for hundreds of years. They made clear statements – prophecies – recorded centuries before Jesus was ever born. This included specific details about the One who would come as the deliverer, such as:

  • He would be born in Bethlehem and of a virgin.
  • He would be betrayed by a friend and sold for 30 pieces of silver.
  • He would be struck and spat on.
  • His hands and His feet would be pierced – and so would His side – but not a single bone would be broken.
  • The soldiers would throw dice for His clothes.
  • He would be buried in a rich man's grave – and then rise from the dead.

Imagine the odds for any one person living a life that matched even a few of these prophecies. Yet Jesus fulfilled them all. Without doubt He was THE one.

God took all that trouble because of what the death of Jesus was designed to accomplish. He was to die as a sacrifice to pay the debt all of us owe to God for failing to live His way.

The Bible says that at midday the sky went black – as black as midnight. Sources outside the Bible confirm this.

Again this had been foretold. Over 800 years earlier, a Jewish prophet, Amos, wrote that God would "make the sun go down at noon and make the earth dark in broad daylight".

The darkness signified what was taking place. Jesus – the innocent one – was being killed by dark forces of evil. He was dying not for His sins, but for ours.

He made our forgiveness possible, so that we can have access to God.

But, of course, that calls for a response from us. Are we willing to admit we need God's forgiveness?

Peter Meadows is co-author of The Book of Y, the basics for the Y Course that explores life's biggest questions. If you have a question about faith or God, Peter will do his best to answer it. Use the contact form at http://www.goodnews-paper.org.uk/contacteditorial.htm, or write to: Good News Editor, PO Box 9831, Nottingham NG2 9JN.

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