A Short Study of Acts 4:27-28
“For of a truth against Thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.”
The enemies of our Lord, having plotted and schemed together to do away with Jesus of Nazareth, carried out their wicked deed with great precision. All was done as they would have it to be done. The betrayal took place at the place and time they determined. The arrest was made, the trial was carried out, and the political authorities agreed to their demands to crucify Jesus. The prisoner was publicly beaten, humiliated, nailed to a Roman cross and crucified in shame and disgrace. The aim of his enemies was realized and their goal was met: Jesus of Nazareth was killed.
They had their agenda and they accomplished it. They achieved what they wanted; they were victorious, or so they thought. That one whom they considered an imposter, who did his miracles, as they supposed, by the power of Beelzebub, was now dead. What they had no knowledge of, however, was that the eternal purpose of Almighty God would be accomplished as they were successful in their designs.
All was done as God would have it to be done. Yes, the enemies of Christ had their agenda, but in the fulfillment of their agenda, they accomplished the divine agenda. They were determined to kill Jesus, but before the foundation of the world the Father ordained that his Son would die as the Substitute and Sacrifice of His people. It is written that Christ Himself resolved to give His life a ransom for many. While His enemies were intent upon erasing the name of Jesus of Nazareth, He was intent upon making a name for Himself in the successful redemption of His people, and the Father was determined that the name of Christ Jesus would be exalted forever.
Whereas they planned to destroy Him, He purposed to destroy Satan, sin and death on the behalf of His chosen people. His foes never envisioned that the eternal counsel of God would be accomplished through their performance of that which they had plotted in their counsel. “The wrath of man shall praise Him; the remainder of wrath thou shalt restrain.” (Psalm 76:10)