Edward Reynolds on Christ’s voluntary death for our redemption

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We see the nature of Christ’s passion, that it was a free, voluntary, and unconstrained passion. For though it be true, that Judas did betray him, and Pilate deliver him to be crucified, yet none of this was the giving of Christ, but the selling of him. It was not for us, but for money that Judas delivered him: it was not for us, but for fear, that Pilate delivered him.

But God delivered the Son, and the Son delivered himself, with a most merciful and gracious will, to bestow his death upon sinners; and not to get, but to be himself, a price. The passion, then, of Christ was most freely undertaken; without which free-will of his own, they could never have laid hold on him. And his death was a most free and voluntary expiation: his life was not wrenched nor wrung from him, nor snatched or torn from him by the bare violence of any foreign impression; but was, with a loud voice (arguing nature not brought to utter decay), most freely surrendered and laid down by that power, which did after re-assume it.

For the reference, see Edward Reynolds on Christ’s voluntary death for our redemption.
 
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