Glory for Grace
Have you ever considered what would have happened if Jesus had left the cross? The insults came in abundance, mocked by those where were “supposed to know.” Recognizing that He had some power, “He saved other,” they said “but He can’t save Himself!” The taunts continued, “Let Him come down and we will believe in Him. If He is God’s Son let God save Him.
There will always be those who say a crucified God is not God at all. What use is a crucified Messiah? Many more take the position if I only had proof then I will believe, but that is not the life of faith. Faith is trusting in God’s Word and promises, because we know it to be true from experience. Faith knows that with God all things are possible.
How it must have pained Jesus to hear the ugliness of that moment and to know that He could have come down in power and glory, bringing judgment on the crowd and the world. But He didn’t He remained meek. Some have misunderstood meekness for weakness. Meekness is not a lack of power but rather power restrained.
If Jesus responded and left the cross we would all be in a hopeless situation under judgment from our sins. In that moment He traded His glory for our grace. What an amazing grace it must have been to hang on the cross with grace and glory, and redemption and judgment literally hanging in the balance. Jesus decided to remain on the cross, remaining meek, remaining on the cross, remaining humble, remaining to finish the work of redemption. “It Is Finished!”
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6
“It is better to come out of a tomb than off of a cross.” S.M. Lockridge
It is certainly better for us and the world that the grace of Christ was demonstrated at the cross, the victory of Christ at the empty tomb, and the glory of Christ at the end of the age. As we thank Him for His sacrifice, celebrate His victory (that it may also be ours), and look expectantly to His coming glory. Let us echo the words of Revelation 22:20b, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”