Throw Yourself Down

“Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here’.” Luke 4:9

Jesus did not needlessly throw Himself down from the temple’s pinnacle. Instead, He chose to lay down His life for us on a cross.

Oh Lord, help us to throw ourselves down at the foot of the cross from any high place we’ve perched upon. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Because He Wanted To

He multiplied fish and bread
turned water to wine
healed the sick, raised the dead
gave sight to the blind.
He did whatever
God wanted Him to do
even endured the cross
for me and for you.


  1. Deb, I love this poem, especially the title “Because He wanted to.” It reminds me of the book by Max Lucado called “He Chose the Nails.” Jesus didn’t have to do any of it – the miracles, the healing, enduring torture and ridicule, dying on the cross – but He wanted to so that we could be reconciled with Him. What a wonderful Savior we have! Peace, Linda

  2. Okay this is twice in one day. The other day I reminded a friend that there was still room at the cross for her and room at the cross for me. Then Vineet reminded me today about the foot of the cross.

    I went but while there the phone rang and it was my daughter. I had to go to town and pick her up. I thought “Gee, I was barely getting started when I had to leave the foot of the cross.” Then I come home, and decided I wanted to see what the Lord had given you…I was reminded that I can always return again, so I think I will go do that. 🙂


  3. I thought you might like this:

    (Ira F. Stanphill) (1946)

    The cross upon which Jesus died,
    Is a shelter in which we can hide;
    And its grace so free is sufficient for me,
    And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea

    There’s room at the cross for you,
    There’s room at the cross for you,
    Tho millions have come, There’s still room for one
    Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

    Tho millions have found Him a friend,
    And have turned from the sins they have sinned,
    The Savior still waits to open the gates
    And welcomes a sinner before it’s too late.

    There’s room at the cross for you,
    There’s room at the cross for you,
    Tho millions have come, There’s still room for one
    Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

    The hand of my Savior is strong,
    And the love of my Savior is long;
    Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain,
    The blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain.

    There’s room at the cross for you,
    There’s room at the cross for you,
    Tho millions have come, There’s still room for one
    Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

  4. I haven’t read that one by Max Lucado . . .but I’d like to! 🙂 I’m so glad He wanted to do it all for us! God bless you as you praise Him today!

  5. Theresa . . .I love how He arranged your day and blog readings! 🙂 So glad that there is room for all of us and that we can return as often as we want! He is so what I need, all the time, everyday! God bless you as you come to Him, in love and praise!

  6. Theresa, you were so right, I did like this song! 🙂
    I really liked the line “the love of my Savior is long”. God bless you, woman-of-the-Word-and-songs!

  7. Thank you, Deb

    I just had a chance to catch up on today`s posts. I don`t think it was coincidental that someone sent me this video today …

    I am so thankful that He endured the cross for me. Thankful that He gave me a chance at redemption. The blood of Jesus means much to me and sometimes it`s hard for others to understand why I speak and write and sing and dance and praise the way I do … it`s simply because of what He has done for me. As undeserving and sinful as I was. Just `Because He Wanted To`

    Thank you Deb. So thankful that He chose the way of The Cross for me. Thanks Theresa and Linda for giving me so much more to think about.


  8. Oh loved and highly favored Ann-full-of-grace-and -light . . .thank you for the song and the praise and the dance of you in the comment section here! God bless your ever thankful heart!

  9. Oh There is a Praise Party here! Ann made me dance while typing and it’s fun! Oh yeah, I’m still amazed that he WANTED to save us! How can we not rejoice with that? To the foot of the cross!

  10. Meet you there, sweet Rea Sonshine! 🙂 God bless you as you dance and rejoice in Jesus!

  11. This is one of my favorite scriptures and I keep coming back to these temptations. I haven’t thought of it from this perspective before, so I truly thank you! Jesus didn’t throw himself down at Satan’s feet, but remained faithful to God. What an image … he threw himself on the cross, instead.

  12. Somehow your comment reminded me of your poem about Lot’s wife . .. those temptations and going on in faith with God. So thankful that Jesus remained faithful and helps us to be faithful too . . .and forgives us when we’re not. 🙂 God bless you and your precious family. You shine for Him!

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