As Jesus hung on the cross, the crowds mocked Him and cried out, “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” “Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.”
That would have been tough for me. My thought would be, “These guys think I’m lying. After all I’ve done, I’ll show them.” I would have wanted to vindicate myself. I would have wanted to prove I was right. I would have wanted to make everyone who doubted me look silly.
But that wasn’t Jesus. He wasn’t here to make everyone believe Him. He was here to do God’s will. So what if everyone believed He was the Son of God. If He came off that cross, God’s plan would not have taken place. I don’t want to get into the metaphysical discussions of whether or not Jesus could have come down from the cross based on prophecy, God’s foreknowledge, etc. Those are the kinds of questions that just confuse the issue. All I know is instead of defending Himself, Jesus simply obeyed God.
I need to work on that. I need to quit worrying about whether or not people think I’m right. I need to quit worrying about having to win all the arguments. I need to quit worrying about feeling the need to prove myself. I just need to get into God’s word, learn God’s plan, and surrender to God’s will. Like Jesus, I need to commit my spirit into the Father’s hands and let Him deal with what everyone else thinks about it.
Keep the faith and keep reading,
P.S. What did you get out of today’s reading?