The Easy Way Out

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Come down from the cross and we will believe you! It would have been so easy for Jesus to do just that and all the mockers would have shut up and fallen down on their knees in fear and trembling.

Matthew 27:39-44
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Jesus did not come down from the cross because he took our place for the punishment that we deserved. He died for our sins so that we can be right with God. Jesus conquered death with His resurrection. He rose again on the 3rd day and is now at the right hand of God. Jesus did not take the easy way out for you and me.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). Jesus did that for you and me. There is no greater love than that of Jesus. The way of greatest love is not the easy way out.

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