I have a friend that is thinking about joining the Catholic Church. He posed this question to me and I want to answer it correctly.
This may be a dumb question, but here goes: when Jesus was on the cross, they shouted for him to come down and save himself to prove he is the messiah. “Saves others but not himself.” …we know that for him to save us and conquer death, he needed to stay on there and die for us…but, knowing he was truly man and truly God, if Jesus really wanted to, did he even have the power to save himself? Hypothetical of course.
Reading much of the gospel, it was Gods choice, and Gods will, to give up his only son. and Jesus himself said let your will be done, not mine, but yours. So it just made me wonder, if Jesus wanted to, could he have gotten himself off the cross? Or could that have only been done by God the Father?