Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”
Matthew 27: 38 – 40
This is an astonishing passage in the gospel because those who were mocking Jesus were telling a truth that we sometimes forget. Jesus is the Son of God. At any point, he could have come down from the cross. He didn’t need to be there with criminals, dying in agony. In each minute, he was making and continuing to make the decision to submit to the death that the human authorities had imposed on him, the death that he had seen coming, the death that would redeem us. All we have and are comes from those ongoing moments of decision, as he gave his life as a gift to save us.
Prayer: Loving Jesus, brother, redeemer, friend, thank you. Thank you for the moments of time, one after another, when you gave up the life you lived as a human. Thank you for the price you paid for me, for us all. Thank you for defeating death by going into and through human death. Thank you for the hope that your death gives us. Amen
Action: each day this week, try to find and note a different thing in your life to be grateful for.