As Jesus hung on the Cross, dying, the people mocked Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Messiah of God” (Lk. 23:35). The Roman soldiers made fun of Him too. “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself,” they jeered (Lk. 23:37). One of the great ironies of the crucifixion is that Jesus had resisted the temptation to be king and had rejected the people’s efforts to make Him their king.
Do you remember how Jesus went into the desert for forty days to prepare for His ministry, and there was tempted by the devil? The whole issue for Jesus came down to whether or not He would become a king. It was a time of political turmoil. The people yearned for a strong king. And this is what they had in mind when they prayed for the promised Messiah. They perceived Him as a great king who would deliver them from their oppressors. The temptor…
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