The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him! He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” Even the revolutionaries who were crucified with him ridiculed him in the same way.
Matthew 27: 41-44
I do that.
I don’t mean to, and I wish I didn’t, but I hurl the same insults at Jesus as the religious leaders. If you are God, why don’t you fix this now. Now.
It’s so hard to look and only see human suffering. Something in me always wrestles – if you are God, if you are good, if you are all-powerful, then what are you waiting for?
These men had no idea what they were asking. They had no idea how much the salvation of their very souls depended on that man’s death.
But God’s plan was greater. Greater than proving something to them in that moment, greater than the temporary suffering. And he’s the same God whose plans remain great. While he may seem to hold still in times of suffering, it does not mean that he is inactive, it does not mean he is unable.
While we wait, while our eyes only see the partial picture, He is with us. Emmanuel. We don’t have to hold onto our faith ourselves, we don’t have to walk alone. We have Him, and most importantly, He has us.