A WORD IN PASSING March 2018
"He saved others but he cannot save himself." (Luke 23:35)
It was because Jesus came to save others that He did not save Himself. He could have saved Himself.
His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane made it clear that He had at His disposal "twelve legions of
angels" (Matt 26:53) should He decide to call on them. But He did not. Jesus knew that it must happen this
way - the way the Scriptures said it must; the way His Father had decreed. He knew that only His self-
sacrifice could bring us reconciliation with God. He knew that only He could bridge the chasm between
sinful humanity and Holy God. Only His life blood poured out for us could 'bring us peace' (Isa 53:5); peace
So, in love - a love the depths of which we can only wonder at and respond with thanksgiving and
praise - He came. "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son" (Jn 3:16); gave Jesus for us -
for you and me.
There was no other way. If Jesus were to save us then He must die. And He came willingly, knowing
that He would be laying down His life for us. He knew that only His life given for ours could really "heal
our wounds" (Isa 53:5) and be the means by which we can know God's forgiveness and total acceptence.
Jesus said He had come that we, "might have life, and have it to the full" (Jn 10:10). The cost of offering
that life to us was His life offered for us. But if we are to have this life and know God's forgiveness and
acceptance; if the promise of God's new creation is to be ours, we must accept His gift; we must accept
Jesus saving work as work done for us. We must, in other words, accept Jesus as our Saviour and then
willingly follow Him as Lord of our life, allowing Him through His Spirit living in us to transform our life.
And all this is possible - can be yours, because,
'He saved others but did not save Himself.'
'Upon that cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
the very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart, with tears,
Two wonders I confess -
The wonders of His glorious love,
And my unworthiness.'
Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord, for loving me and dying for me.