Suddenly the words of the mockers take on a new weight of meaning. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself." The deeper irony is that, in a way they did not understand, they were speaking the truth. If he had saved himself, he could not have saved others; the only way he could save others was precisely by not saving himself. In the irony behind the irony that the mockers intended, they spoke the truth they themselves did not see. The man who can't save himself - saves others. Scandalous - The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, D.A. Carson, emphasis added.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Why Jesus Couldn't (Wouldn't) Save Himself
As Jesus hung suspended on the cross, wicked and self-righteous men (and such were some of us) mocked him to satisfy their pride. The fact that the mighty Son of God remained in place on that cross with his life ebbing away reveals something amazing: