Acts 2:23…”This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.” The plan for Jesus to lay down His life for the elect was decreed by the Father. God in His amazing grace and abundant mercy sacrificed His own Son to save a remnant of people for Himself. Though Christ was without sin and didn’t deserve to die, He went willingly to the cross to take on God’s wrath for our sake. His perfect life was laid down for our sake, and He perfectly fulfilled the Father’s original intent for His people. God made us to love Him and make much of Him and we’ve all fallen far short of that. We desperately need a savior, because when we stand before God one day, our own righteousness will be appalling to Him. However, for those who repent and believe, Christ’s holiness will be looked upon by the Father, and we will be counted as righteous, and given the gracious gift of eternal life and avoid eternal wrath.