These verses are crucial for grasping the event of the cross. Jesus explicitly says that He anticipated and embraced His fate. He was a substitute and not a passive victim. This becomes clear in the narrative in many ways. He predicts his own death on multiple occasions. He adopts the language of Isaiah 53, the suffering servant whose bruises heal Israel’s sins, to explain the meaning of his death.
He has many opportunities to forsake the suffering path. He could have avoided Jerusalem. He might have thrown the betraying Judas out of his troop, making the arrest into a more public event. He could have answered his charges before Pilate, or recanted His teaching about Himself before the Sanhedrin. He could have summoned an angel squadron to the rescue or overawed the Roman authorities with divine power or knowledge. But He did none of these things.
Why is it important that Jesus went voluntarily to his death?