Mark 15: 29-32
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself !” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself ! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
Look who mocked Jesus – the crowd, religious leaders, and the criminals: the regular Joes, the ones who were supposedly good, and the ones who were being killed for being bad. Who was left? Only the disciples and the women who followed Jesus, and they were too scared to do anything. Jesus experienced a profound depth of separation from everyone as he hung on the cross. It was as if he was truly cursed by God along with the curses he endured from everyone else. See what he did – for us.
Lord Jesus, how could you remain on that cross and refrain from summoning down angels from heaven to rescue you? How could you endure until the end? What love is this, that is worth such pain on our behalf? We praise you with all our hearts and call you savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.