"He saved others; He cannot save Himself He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.Matthew 27:42(NASB)
Some of the truths that are recorded about the cross are so shocking and so profound that they shake us to the core of our being, when we begin to comprehend the significance and poignancy of the eternal meaning behind them.
How true that the Lord Jesus had saved others for He went about doing good - and yet as these very words were being spat out of the mouths of those who ridiculed Him, at the foot of the cross, our Saviour was bleeding, dying and bearing the weight of the sins of the world, so that even those who were taunting him might be redeemed by His blood - and so He prayed: Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Had Jesus so chosen to do so He could have saved Himself from the punishment of the cross. He could have called on myriads of angels to 'save' Him. But had He saved Himself, as the sneering, scornful mockers were tempting Him to do, He could not have save you and He could not have saved me. Had Christ come down from the cross He would have condemned the human race to an eternal hell - separation from God forever.
Praise God that Christ did save others - you and me. And praise God that He chose not choose to save Himself, for by dying on the cross, He paid the price for the sins the world and redeemed mankind - so that all who believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life.
Father God, forgive me for my lack of understanding of all that it meant for Christ suffer on cross for me. Thank You that He chose to remain nailed to the cross and to pay the price for my sin so that I might live eternally. Praise His holy name, AMEN