Verse of the Day
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” 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! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. [NIV] Mark 15:29-32
Two thieves were crucified with Jesus, with Jesus in the midst; which meant they intended Him great dishonour. However, it was foretold that he should be numbered with the transgressors, because he was made sin in exchange for us [Isaiah 53:12]. Even those who passed by attacked him; they told him to come down from the cross, and they would believe; but his “Kingship” was not to be declared by his coming down from the cross, which he could have easily done, but by a much greater instance of power, by his resurrection from death; and no other but that sign gave He to us; but STILL they did not believe.
With what earnestness will the man who firmly believes the truth, as made known by the sufferings of Christ, seek for salvation! With what gratitude will he receive the dawning hope of forgiveness and eternal life, as purchased for him by the sufferings and death of the Son of God! And with what godly sorrow will he mourn over the sins which crucified the Lord of glory! [Matthew Henry]
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