April 25

Jesus was brought to a place called Golgotha…and there they crucified him… it was the third hour when they crucified him…They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right, and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him. In the same way the Sanhedrin also mocked him saying, “he saved others, can’t he save himself? Come down from the cross and we will believe you!” (Mark 15:22-32 NIV)

In a moment of time Christ found himself alone as he hung dying on the cross. The disciples had fled, the religious leaders mocked, the world scorned him, and worst of all the Father had forsaken him. It was truly an unbearable load to bear. But Christ went all the way out of love for the world – so that we could be forgiven of our sins. He could have come down off the cross if He so chose to. The Pharisees could not understand why He hung there. It was not because He was powerless but because He was obedient. If Christ had come down at the Pharisees invitation he could have shown that He was the Son of God beyond doubt. But even then would they have believed? We are grateful Jesus didn’t because it meant forgiveness and life for us. We could never experience God’s love and forgiveness, fellowship or grace if not for Christ. The love of God is beyond understanding.