Have you ever had a, figuratively speaking, do or die assignment? Like maybe a mid-term or final paper that had a deadline that sneaked up on you. You knew that if you didn’t complete the assignment it was game over for a class or career. Well Jesus Christ had a “do and die assignment”.
“Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.” – Mark 15:32
Jesus knew His assignment from an early age. He knew He came here to finalize the plan of Salvation His Father in Heaven had in the works since the beginning. He knew that His assignment was a do and die situation. Satan also knew what Jesus’ assignment was so He used whoever he could in an attempt to lure Jesus away from what He had to do.
So, one may think Jesus was helpless on the cross when in actuality He wasn’t. I mean He is the Son of God isn’t He? He told Peter after he cut a temple guard’s ear off to put his weapon away because He could call on His Father and He rescue Him, but what was about to happen had to happen. Jesus allowed Himself to be taken away. Even the ones who came to get Him fell down at the sound of His name when Jesus identified Himself (Matthew 26:47-54; John 18:1-3)
All the way up to the last moments on the cross, Jesus was tempted to not complete His assignment. Mark 15:32 appears to be a challenge as well as being ridiculed. If He had given into the temptation to come down, we would be lost and without hope today. Because of His love for us, He decided to complete His do and die assignment.