He trusted in God
Written by Jay Yeager
Saturday, 01 October 2011 15:57

He trusted in God

“And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying Thou that destroyed the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God” (Matthew 27:39-43).


It was not enough for the enemies of Jesus to falsely accuse him, as they desperately sought some charge against him that would warrant his death (Mat 26:59-68). Having a trumped up accusation they pressed Pilate relentlessly to crucify Christ (Matthew 27:22; Mark 15:13; Luke 23:21; 23), even persuading the multitude to ask for Barabbas, a murderer, to be released and Jesus destroyed (Luke 23:18-19). A fact Peter would remind them of later (Acts 3:14).


Until finally Pilate would relent under the pressure, knowing that Jesus was innocent of the charges (Luke 23:14), he tried to distance himself from the death of this innocent man by washing his hands and saying “See ye to it” (Matthew 27:25).


However, succeeding in having Jesus crucified wasn’t enough to satisfy them; O’ no. They had to mock him during his death, a fact revealed a thousand years before the events on Calvary (Psalms 22:7-8). “He saved others; himself he cannot save…” “…He trusted in God; let him deliver him now” (Matthew 27:42-43).


There is a truth given here, even though they were blind to it. To save others he could not save himself. In reality, to save others required for him not to save himself (I Peter 1:18-19). Further, Jesus did trust in God the Father, not to save him from death, but to raise him from the dead. “Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17-18).


There was a darkness that day. One as evil had its hour (Luke 22:53), the other (so fitting) as God covered the earth with darkness from noon until 3:00 p.m. (Amos 8:9; Luke 23:44-45). The darkness was a part of a series of events that left the centurion and those with him certain of one thing; “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).


From that darkness came the dawn of a new day, as the blood shed on the cross had a Divine purpose:

  1. Redemption (I Peter 1:18-19).
  2. Reconciliation unto God (Ephesians 2:16; II Corinthians 5:20-21).
  3. Forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28; Revelation 1:5).
  4. The end of one covenant and the ushering in of another that would be for all men for all time (Colossians 2:12-14; Hebrews 8:6-13; 9:15-17).
  5. The purchase of the church (Acts 20:28).
  6. Jesus died for every man (Hebrews 2:9).

Beloved, because of what Jesus suffered on the cross (Philippians 2:7-11), he is the Saviour of the world (John 4:42; I John 4:14). He can be your Saviour too; indeed he must be, if heaven is to be your home, for there is no other way unto the Father (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Here is what you must do to be saved:

  1. You must hear the word (Romans 10:17).
  2. Believe the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16).
  3. Repent of your past sins (Acts 17:30).
  4. Confess Christ before men (Romans 10:10).
  5. Be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
  6. Remain faithful until death (Revelation 2:10).