Thursday, May 17, 2012

When They Said Their Worst About Jesus

As I work on an upcoming sermon that will cover these verses in Matthew 27...

 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”  And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

... I'm struck by the realization that when Jesus' enemies bore the worst testimony they possibly could about him, they say things like this:

  • "he saved others"
  • "he is the King"
  • "he trusts in God"
He did save others.  And that's, in fact, why he did not come down off the cross.  Because he was saving others still.  

And he's still doing so today.

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