Save Yourself Mark 15:29-30 ........Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30......come down from the cross and save yourself!" If you listen carefully, behind the voice of the people shouting abuse at Jesus, you can hear the voice of Satan mocking God's Son. Notice how similar these words are to the words of Satan when he tempted Jesus at the beginning of his ministry: "Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, 'If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, He orders his angels to protect you'" (Matt. 4:5-6). Jesus had refused to use his power and identity as a means for self-protection. From the beginning of his ministry to the Cross he used his power and his identity as the Son of God to help and bless others. He will not be tortured, ridiculed, and mocked into an abuse of his power or of his position. He didn't come to save himself, but to give himself as a ransom. He allowed nothing to stop him from his mission. He had the power to preserve himself, but he loved you and me too much to come down from that Cross until his work here was finished!