Matthew 27:42; Mark 15:31; and Luke 23:35 all make the statement, “He saved others, Himself he cannot save.” Luke’s words are a little different but states the same truth. The most amazing thing about this truth is that these lost people confessed that “He saved others.” Look at Matthew 16:21-23 and notice that Jesus told His disciples that He was going to suffer and die. Peter rebukes Him saying, “be it far from thee, LORD: this shall not be unto Thee.” The Crucifixion of Christ is at the heart of the Gospel and without the crucifixion, there is no Gospel. This is what many religious people do not recognize. If you ask many devoutly religious people what they rely on to go to Heaven, they will respond in a number of different ways including: “I am a good person.” “I was baptized.” I try to live right and obey the commandments.” “I joined the Church.” “I was confirmed.” “I believe in God.” The truth is that none of these will save a person. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the bedrock, undeniable, and indisputable central part of God’s plan of Salvation.
Look at and read Hebrews 9:11-28 and John 10:14-18 before reading my points concerning why Jesus could not save Himself.
1. Hebrews 9:22 tells us “Without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin.” If Christ saved Himself, He could not save us. It took His death for the sin of the world to save those who put their trust in Him.
2. Second, Jesus could not satisfy the Father’s judgment on sinners if He had not taken our place on the Cross of judgment as the Lamb slain for sinners. 2 Cor. 5:21; Romans 5:6-8; Rom. 6:10; 14:9 ; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 Thess. 5:10
3. Finally, Death, Satan, Hell and the grave had to be defeated and Jesus did this when He died on the Cross, was buried and raised from the dead. Look at these verses and notice He went to Hell but did not stay there. (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27, 13:35).
Please read Rev. 1:9-18 and take particular notice of verse 18 where Jesus is alive forevermore and has the “Keys of Hell and of death.” Look at Heb. 2:9-15 and read noticing that Jesus “through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” vss. 14-15
Jesus could not save Himself because He came into the world to save sinners, through the death of Himself on the cross in our place. If you reject that truth or do not respond to that truth, you will die without hope. 2 Cor. 5:14-15