And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!”
God doesn’t leave any of us to save ourselves. He sent Jesus to teach, to preach, and to give his life so that we might have new life. Jesus didn’t challenge God, but he surely challenged God’s people. He challenged us from the very beginning as an unexpected baby, a baptizer who turned the tables on John, in his teaching, healing, and lifting up of the marginalized, at the last supper eating with the one who would betray him and offering him the same thing he offered everyone else, and at the cross where he would die known as the Messiah so he would offer new life in the kingdom to come. God came alongside Jesus in all that Jesus brought to the world and he comes alongside of us wherever we are in the world. We cannot save ourselves but through the life, death and resurrection of Christ the King we are surely saved.