On: August 25, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” Luke 23:35-39
“Save” is mentioned four times here. Save others, save yourself, save us. An SOS all round.
The sneering and mocking onlookers throw down a gauntlet: “If you are who you claim to be, presumably you are all powerful and can set yourself free.”
Of course He could have, just as He had escaped the grasp of a murderous crowd a couple of years earlier (Luke 4:28-30; Day 54). But, He chose not to save Himself. If He had, He couldn’t have saved others – you and me. For “there was no other good enough to pay the price of sin”.
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24
I can interrogate this basic analysis of life for as long as I like. Ultimately, though, I must either reject of accept that Jesus died for me. If I reject Him, I’m on my own. If I accept His offer of life, I’ve found myself someone who claims to be the answer to every question I’ll ever have.
Only one way to find out if it’s true – try it. Probably best to call out SOS sooner, rather than later.