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Lucian Hodoboc

Was there an alternative to Jesus' sacrifice?

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Was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ predetermined from the beginning or was there an alternative? Had the Jewish leaders accepted Jesus as the Messiah and crowned Him king, had king Herod accepted to abdicate and to proclaim Jesus as the new king, would Jesus had led all the Jewish people back to their promised land and reigned over them forever without His sacrifice taking place?

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1 hour ago, Lucian Hodoboc said:

Was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ predetermined from the beginning or was there an alternative? Had the Jewish leaders accepted Jesus as the Messiah and crowned Him king, had king Herod accepted to abdicate and to proclaim Jesus as the new king, would Jesus had led all the Jewish people back to their promised land and reigned over them forever without His sacrifice taking place?

Acts 4:23-28

 

When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[d] said by the Holy Spirit,

 

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’[e]—

 

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

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Acts 2:23 (cf. 1 Peter 1:20)

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. (KJV)

 

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Rev_13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 
 

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