“Save thyself, and come down from the cross” (Mark 15:30).
This suggestion by passersby at Jesus’ cross was as absurd as it was dangerous. It was absurd because it contradicted the very reason why Jesus came from heaven to earth–to save His people from their sins (Mar 1:21). The temptation to back out of Calvary’s pain was dangerous because it offered an easy way out and because it seemed logical and kind: “Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe” (Mar 15:32). How glad I am that our Saviour paid no attention to this deceptive taunt! I am so glad our Saviour declined to save Himself, preferring to save us. I am so glad He paid a debt He did not owe and which we could not pay. Because He was slain, we are saved. Because He stayed on the cross, we are free from the curse. His passion brought our pardon. Hallelujah!