Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.
Mark 15:31-32 (NKJV)
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Mark 15:31–32 (NLT) — The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.
It impacts our heart when we read all that the Lord did for us on the Cross at Calvary. The things Jesus went through for us, beatings, great suffering, and pain. All this was for the love that he showed for each of us. A love that led him to humble himself to the lowest, a suffering servant! Philippians 2:8 tells us, “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”.
What a great example of humility we have in Jesus. He was greatly humiliated when his body was hung on the tree. He suffered ridicule, was mocked, insulted and much more! It is for this reason that the Scripture says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, (Hebrews 12:2). Thank the Lord that he endured the cross, no matter the shame it represented. He made himself of no reputation, humbling and bearing the cross for our sake.
Jesus did this willingly; his humiliation was a result of his love for us. What an immense love he showed us! He gave his life, no one forced him, as John 10:18 tells us, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father”. Let us pray that this day we can show a true and sincere humility. The Lord reminds us of the importance of following his footsteps. If anything can be learned from the Cross, its Christ humility.
Phillipians 2:8 (NKJV) — And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) — looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Acts 8:33 (NKJV) — In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”
Matthew 27:34 (NKJV) — they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
Matthew 27:42 (NKJV) — “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
John 10:18 (NKJV) — No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
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