"Therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him" [Jn. 5:18] Over and over in the Scripture we read how the Jews sought to kill the prophets, and now here they are attempting to kill the Messiah. What is amazing is that this IS God's plan. Before the foundations of the earth were formed, God had devised the plan of redemption of man. Why? Because He loves us with a crazy kind of love. No, I don't mean that God is crazy to love us - although that seems true as well - but His love for us is unfathomable, imaginable, unrelenting, and unending.
And so, even though man was seeking to put God incarnate to death, He was seeking to express to man His love. Romans 5:8 says, "God demonstrates His own love toward us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." This is God's plan. It is the only plan of redemption. Without the Son man has no hope. This is God actively at work in the world today. He came to offer us life, relationship, meaning.
How will you respond to the love of the Father?