If God did not plan for Judas to betray Him, was Jesus supposed to just wait until He was caught and crucified?
In the Eastern Churches (Catholic and Orthodox), it is believed that, even had Adam not sinned, Jesus still would have been incarnate (and in so doing raise man up to Him by uniting humanity and divinity in His Person).
If you consider that God’s plan was the elevation of mankind by uniting humanity and divinity in His Son, then I say that His death was not inevitable but an instance of God working an ultimate good from an evil.
In this line of thinking, I believe that Jesus would have given up His life freely to atone for our sins without (any ambiguity of) it being taken from Him (as is present in His passion).[/quote:3fhlu0my]
You mean like turning Himself in?