In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
Matthew 27: 41 – 44
Isn’t it interesting, to the onlookers the sign that Jesus isn’t who he says he is, is that he won’t use his powers for to save himself? They think a real King would act in his self-interest and take care of number one. But to us, the sign that Jesus is who he says he is, is precisely that he doesn’t save himself. By sacrificing himself freely and without fight, Jesus shows us that He is the saviour of the world, the one who would give his life as a random for many.
Earthly power is based on how much you can take, but Jesus showed that true power comes from what you are willing to give.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you that on the cross you gave us the ultimate demonstration of love: a willingness to sacrifice everything for our sakes. We are grateful for everything you have given us and pray that we can be even a fraction as generous as you have been.
Action: What can you give away today?