by Kelli Simpkins
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 Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Mark 15:31-32a
Can’t. That’s the word that stood out to me most in this verse. It’s a word I was discouraged from using as a child. “Can’t never could,” my parents would reply. And they were right, I could do whatever difficult task ahead if I tried hard enough. But would I do it?
Jesus could have saved himself. He could have forgone the pain, humiliation, and mockery and called it a day. He could have, but he wouldn’t because he loves us. And because he knew he was the only one who could save us from ourselves.
With this knowledge (and our free will), we can choose to honor Jesus’ sacrifice, or we can choose to be indifferent to it. God could force you to follow Him, but He won’t. The choice is yours.