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Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe.[emphasis added]--Matt 27:40-42 (KJV).
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."--1 Peter 2:24"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."--St. Augustine
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen." --St. Paul
A SCIENCE-FICTION PRELUDE
ANSELM'S SATISFACTION THEORY--JESUS TAKES ON OUR SINS
"Anslem believed that humans could not render to God more than what was due to him. The satisfaction due to God was greater than what all created beings are capable of doing, since they can only do what is already required of them. Therefore, God had to make satisfaction for himself. Yet if this satisfaction was going to avail for humans, it had to be made by a human. Therefore only a being that was both God and man could satisfy God and give him the honor that is due him." --TheopediaSo, Jesus could not come down from the Cross, because if he did, there would not be a sacrifice sufficient to atone for the sins of men.
NO EASY ROAD TO FAITHAfter some reflection, I have come up with another reason that Jesus did not come down from the Cross. And that is the road to Faith should not be a super-highway, but a path that takes effort and will to travel--it should not be an easy journey. God could have put signs, "This rock was made by God", but doing that essentially denies our free will to make conscience based choices. The Priests and Sanhedrin indeed would have believed had He come down from the Cross, but then what? Would others not believe this was a mass hallucination and ignored it, as they did reports of His appearance after the Resurrection.?
My own journey to faith was a rationally based, top-down experience (see Top Down to Jesus); no visions, no voices. It was based on a rational reading of historical accounts (the New Testament) and the insight that these accounts were true, so true that a group of unschooled fishermen and tax collectors gave their lives to spread the faith, and so true that their mission succeeded. Since the beginning of that journey it has deepened; I still have not heard a Voice or seen a Vision, but there have been times when I have known that God, Our Lord was present.