Monday, April 18, 2011

The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers mocked him too, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” A sign was fastened to the cross above him with these words:
 “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” (Luke 23:35-39 NLT)

Can you imagine the temptation Jesus would have faced at the thought of saving Himself?

One of the facts that speak to me from the cross is how JC stayed on it. At any moment, Jesus could have aborted this plan and called for help.

Earlier when the disciples thought about resisting arrest, Jesus said...
“Surely you know I could ask my Father, and He would give me more than twelve armies of angels. But it must happen this way to bring about what the Scriptures say.”           (Matthew 26:53-54 NCV)

To have that kind of power at your disposal and yet maintain the willpower to do nothing as you are being tortured and insulted is an amazing thing…
This week I need to remember how amazing Jesus is.

*from "Red Letter Day"--Part 03/free download at