Who delivered Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money; not Pilate, for fear; not the Jews, for envy; – but the Father, for love!
It is essential to keep together these two complementary ways of looking at the cross. On the human level, Judas gave him up to the priests, who gave him up to Pilate, who gave him up to the soldiers, who crucified him. But on the divine level, the Father gave him up, and he gave himself up, to die for us. As we face the cross, then, we can say to ourselves both_‘I_did it, my sins sent him there,’ and ‘he did it, his love took him there.’ The apostle Peter brought the two truths together in his remarkable statement on the day of Pentecost, both that ‘this man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and
forknowledge" and that "you, with the help of wicked man, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.” Peter thus attributed Jesus death simultaneously to the plan of God and to the wickedness of man. For the cross which .. . isan exposureof human evil, is at the same time a revelation of the divine purpose to overcome the human evil thus exposed.
John Stott, The Cross of Christ. p. 61