Lastly our Lord was tempted to come down from the cross."Let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him" Matt. 27:42.
these voices broke upon His ear, were they not fraught with terrible
Think of the agony He was enduring in His so sensitive and
Think how the very passion of His heart was that these
men and women should believe in Him.
And as these cries rang upon His
ear did they not carry with them the suggestion that in one instant He
might escape His torture, and doing it win the allegiance of His own?
Tempted in every prospect of the cross, our Lord was tempted on the
By one swift action might He not end His agony and win the
great ambition of His life?
And the wonderful thing is that on the
cross as in the desert at the opening of His ministry, He steeled
Himself against these tempting voices.
They said "Come down, and we will
believe in you."
We believe, because He did not come down. To us the
glory is in His hanging there till He cried in a loud voice "It is
And when we are tempted, as we so often are, to release ourselves when "crucified with Christ," what a comfort that we can
quietly say, "He was tempted in all points like as we are."
~George H. Morrison~