12 Apr Matthew 27:38-44
38 At that time two robbers *were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
Jesus was in a very public place where people passing could see Him be crucified. He was being mocked by the crowd regarding destroying the temple. They also felt a true God couldn’t be restrained. This was all part of God’s plan, as Jesus came to save others and not Himself. One thing we can take away from this situation is Jesus’ selflessness.