35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!”
Listen to the mocking. Listen to the sneering. In the course of the past few hours Jesus had been arrested, faced six trials, was beaten, spit upon, whipped, mocked, had a crown of thorns forced into His head, and now He just had nails pounded into hands and feet. Now the rulers, soldiers, and the two thieves are sneering at Him. They questioned whether He was able to save Himself. There is no question that He was able to. The choice He had been whether He would choose to save Himself or save us.
He chose You and He chose me. Jesus came to earth and willingly laid down His life that we might be saved. Even on that cross, He could have changed His mind. He would have been in His rights as God, to fly down off of that cross and call legions of angels to come fight for Him. Thankfully, He did not choose that way. For if He did we would have no hope to be saved. Jesus needed to die and shed His blood, so that He might pay our sin debt once and for all. God said that there is no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood. Since the beginning the blood of animals were shed for this, but their blood could not pay for all of one man’s sins, let alone the sins of everyone. This high price needed to paid by a sinless man. Jesus was that man and because He shed His blood we can be forgiven.
He chose you, do you choose Him? That is the way to be forgiven, by choosing Him. Asking Him to save you and rescue you from the penalty our sin deserves. He is our only hope. If you have not chosen Him yet, do so today. He chose you, so please choose Him.
Dear Jesus, I thank you for choosing me. I thank you for staying on that cross and dying for me. You are my only hope. You are the only hope for the whole world. Please lead those who have not chosen You to choose You today. Amen.