Unlimited: He Can’t Save Himself
Jun 11, 2021 1604
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” (Mark 15:31, NIV)!
The gospel writers characterise the crowd at the cross as being viciously hostile toward Jesus as he hung dying. Other than the young apostle John, there were a group of women there who also loved Jesus. The rest were only there to ridicule and humiliate him.
The shocking fact underlying this mocking of the chief priests and the teachers of the law was that they didn’t deny that he had saved others!
In other words, they recognised that he had had done many wonderful, good things. This begs the question, if Jesus had indeed healed others and raised them from the dead, then why were they crucifying him? Why did they reject him so brutally?
They rejected Christ for the same reason that many reject him today, even when they know that he has power to save.
Money, position, and power. Those are many of the reasons.
It’s not that Jesus couldn’t save himself. It’s that he wouldn’t because this is what he had chosen.
He himself bore our sins. That’s why he is the Saviour of the world – of all those who trust in him.
The issue of why the Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus while acknowledging that he had saved others is a question of vital importance.
Why do people reject love, forgiveness, healing, and restoration in their communities, churches, and in their personal lives?
The answer is because they prefer earthly power over love. But Jesus preferred love over power.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection:How is it in your own relationships? As a believer in Christ, the scales have been removed from your eyes so that you can see Jesus for who he truly is. Pray now for those you love who may still have those scales and remain blind to the beauty of Jesus.