Recent scholarship on the historical Jesus has rightly focused upon how Jesus
understood his own mission. But no scholarly effort to understand the mission of
Jesus can rest content without exploring the historical possibility that Jesus
envisioned his own death. In this careful and far-reaching study, Scot McKnight
contends that Jesus did in fact anticipate his own death, that Jesus understood
his death as an atoning sacrifice, and that his death as an atoning sacrifice
stood at the heart of Jesus' own mission to protect his own followers from the
judgment of God.