“If You are the Son of God come down from the cross.” (Matthew 27:40)
Jesus had heard this very same phrase three years earlier, in His temptation in the wilderness at the beginning of His ministry. Now He hears it again at the end: “If You are the Son of God …”. The first time, these words came from Satan himself; this time from one of the adversary’ favorite instruments: a crowd of ungodly people.
It made sense on a certain level: if Jesus could miraculously come down from the cross, it should prove that He was the Son of God. But what the ignorant multitude did not understand was that the very thing they demanded He do to prove to them who He was, would have been a denial of all that God had called Him to be and do! Jesus had come for the very purpose of dying on that cross: “to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
Being faithful to His mission from GOD meant that Jesus must NOT do what the crowd requested Him to do. Had He given in to their demands, it would have proved the OPPOSITE of what they were saying; it would have actually proved that He was NOT the Son of God!
Lesson: don’t listen to “the crowd.” They are often a poor, poor indicator of God’s real plan for your life. As in Jesus’ case here, often what they demand for you to do would result in the exact opposite of faithfulness to God. Like Jesus, you must know who you are, and what God has really called you to do. Be faithful to that — no matter how much ungodly people demand that you prove to them otherwise.