And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross” – Matthew 27:39, 40
As Jesus hung on the cross, the people and the chief priests blasphemed and mocked Him, urging Him to save Himself and to come down from the cross if He were the Son of God. “Save yourself!” they shouted.
It was because He was the Son of God that Jesus didn’t save Himself but remained on the cross. He was there for our sake. That was how much our salvation meant to Him. He endured the shame of the cross for our sake. He said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16, 17).
It was for the love of mankind, a lost world, that Jesus suffered all the indignity, shame, the pain of separation from His Father and an undeserving death. He willingly laid down His life for us. How could He have come down from the cross? How could He have abandoned the work of salvation just to save Himself?
Jesus delighted to do the will of His Father so that we could be reconciled to Him, becoming children of God again. Jesus could not come down from the cross, not only because it was not the Father’s will, but also, because of Satan’s temptation to do so. Jesus was able to say, “It is finished.” He had accomplished the work of salvation which the Father had sent Him to do.
Let us thank Jesus for what He did on the cross. He was obedient to the Father even unto death. Salvation came at a great cost but it was worth the sacrifice because of God’s unfailing love for us. We are precious and valuable in His sight.
“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God – Hebrews 12:1, 2