Was Jesus crucified with his will or against his will?

The following argument may be raised against the Christians who oppose Judaism. They either believe that the Jews tormented and crucified Jesus with his will or against his will. If with his will, then the Jews had ample sanction for what they did, and could in that case only have merited the Divine approbation, acting as they then did in conformity with the ejaculation of David in Psalm 40:9 [40:8], “I have been desirous to perform Thy will;” and Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to perform Thy will.” The Jews must also have followed the admonition of Ezra 10:11, “and now give ye thanks unto the Lord the God of your fathers, and execute his desire.” In addition to this we must ask, that if Jesus was really willing to meet such a fate, what cause was there for complaint or affliction? And why did he pray in the manner narrated in Matthew 26:39, “And he [Jesus], went a little further and fell on his face and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt.” After Jesus had been fixed to the cross he gave evident proof of his non-identity with the Deity by exclaiming [Matthew 27:46], “My God! My God! Why hast thou forsaken me?” This argues that the will of God was different from that of Jesus, and that he bore no closer relation to the Creator than belongs to every other mortal.

We will now proceed to the other alternative and suppose that the crucifixion of Jesus was done against his will. In this case the question arises, How could he be designated a God while he was incapable of resisting the power of those who brought him to the cross, and how could he be held as the Savior of all mankind who could not save his own life?

The adoration paid to Jesus after his death recalls to our mind the passage in Ezekiel 28:9, “Wilt thou say before him that slayeth thee, I am God; but thou art a man and not a God in the hand that slayeth thee.”

Note: chapter and verse numbers in brackets [] are the numbers used in the English bible.

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