The infinite God of the universe carried out a plan in time and space that bought redemption for those that put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. God’s perfectly righteous son had to bear the punishment that was meant for the worst of criminals. That’s the scandal of the cross.
- Jesus was abandoned by God (Matthew 27:45-50; Psalm 22:1)
- Jesus suffered contempt from inferiors (John 19:28-30; Psalm 69:19-21)
“Others may unconsciously play their part in the divine plan of redemption (e.g. vv. 23–24; cf. Acts 13:29), but not Jesus. This does not mean his cry I am thirsty was a bit of manipulative [dramatics]: a man scourged, bleeding, and hanging on a cross under the Near-Eastern sun would be so desperately dehydrated that thirst would be part of the torture. But Jesus’ mind is so steeped in Scripture that he understands the relevance of the Davidic texts to himself. He knew that all was now completed.”D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans, 1991), 618–619