10 Things Jesus Didn’t Do

Easter is the time of year when we pause to remember all that Christ has done for us. But have you ever paused to consider what Jesus didn’t do for you?

1. He didn’t stay in heaven. 

Jesus ascending from earth to heaven makes sense to me, but what I can’t imagine is descending from heaven’s holiness to earth’s defilement. Yet that’s what Jesus did, leaving behind His sapphire throne for the rocky, thorn-infested terrain of the world with no place to lay His head. Christ willingly traded in the glorious fellowship He enjoyed with the Father for the company of self-righteous sinners.

I’ll be honest—
I would have stayed in heaven, but Jesus didn’t.
I would have kept my royal robes tied snuggly around my waist, but Jesus didn’t.
I would have stayed where angels forever cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts” (Isa. 6:3), but Jesus didn’t. 

He willingly traded the praises of heaven for something far less pleasing, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” (John 19:15).

2. He didn’t consider Himself better. 

Though Christ dwells in unequaled light, holds the world in place, and tells the waves how far to come, He chose to make himself nothing, with “no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isa. 53:2). Counting others as more significant than Himself, the Son of God became not only a man but a servant.

He washed the disciple’s feet, walked from town to town, and spoke to a Samaritan harlot. He healed, fed, and freed, ultimately giving His body as a ransom for sin, carrying His own jagged cross until He could no longer stand. 

3. He didn’t sin.

Even after fasting for forty days in the wilderness, Jesus persisted in purity. Though the lure to give up, give in, and get even stayed before the Lord, no matter what, He didn’t give in.

They called Him a liar; they spat in His face; they testified against Him. Still, Jesus clung to holiness. I don’t know how He did it. I would have failed miserably from the start, but Jesus never once gave into His flesh. Instead, He became the holy and righteous Lamb necessary for our atonement. 

4. He didn’t resist arrest.

You better believe I’d push back if the police showed up on my doorstep to arrest me for a crime I didn’t commit. Especially if I knew the offense was punishable by death. But Jesus didn’t resist the arrest. Knowing what was ahead, Jesus said to Judas, his betrayer, “Friend, do what you came to do” (Matt. 26:50). Then Jesus allowed His accusers to bind Him and lead Him away. 

He was oppressed and afflicted,
  yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter,
  and like a sheep silent before its shearers 
is silent,
  so he opened not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)

5. He didn’t call for the angels. 

When Judas, along with a gang of soldiers, some chief priests, and a few Pharisees showed up to arrest Jesus, Peter was ready to fight. (I love Peter for that reason.) But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. . . . Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:52–53). 

But Jesus didn’t call for the angels. He gave no command to the host of heaven standing by to do His bidding. Instead, He had the angels stand down while He endured a vicious and cruel thrashing that ripped His body to shreds. 

6. He didn’t choose his own way. 

As drops of blood squeezed through His capillaries, Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (Matt. 26:39). In His humanity, Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross—that’s important to remember. But He went anyway because it was God’s will (Isa. 53:10).

Though Jesus desperately desired a different path, He didn’t choose His own way. He laid His agony before the Father and then declared, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39). 

7. He didn’t get off the cross. 

Though the crowd sneered, “Let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God” (Luke 23:35), Jesus refused to do so. Let the record show He could have climbed down off the cross, ending His agony in an instant, healing His wounds, exacting revenge, and revealing His glory to everyone in attendance. But then where would we be? What hope would we have?

For the sinful and the forsaken, Jesus remained in place, naked, tethered only by nails, while His lungs compressed, His heart failed, His flesh ripped, and the wrath of God poured over His soul. 

8. He didn’t take His eyes off the prize. 

It was for the joy set before Him that Christ endured the cross (Heb. 12:2). For our sake, Jesus pushed aside the shame, set His mind on heaven, and looked forward to the reward—the salvation of humanity and the restoration of righteousness. 

We can’t even fathom all that God has in store for His children, but Jesus knew: His seat at the right hand of the Father, His intercession as our High Priest, His offer of forgiveness and grace and peace for all who come to Him. And He let nothing get in the way. 

9. He didn’t give up on us.

Humanity still hasn’t changed its ways. We’re still sinning; we’re still trampling God’s glory and denying God’s holiness, insisting on selfishness over selflessness. Even after the prophets warned of coming judgment and God exiled Israel and the Son of God stretched out His arms on the cross, we’re still committing the same grievances we always have. And yet, Jesus refuses to give up on us.

But where sin has increased, so has grace. Where transgression has traversed, so has mercy. To this day, Christ is still removing our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and He will continue to do so for all who come to Him until every indiscretion is wiped clean. 

10. He didn’t leave us alone. 

Jesus declared in John 16:7, “It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” By grace through faith, the same Spirit who raised Christ Jesus from the dead now lives in us (Rom. 8:11). 

We might feel all alone in this world, but in Christ we aren’t alone. We’re sealed by the Spirit, blessed by the Spirit, empowered by the Spirit, and held close by the Spirit. All because Jesus never wavered. He could have left us to fend for ourselves, but He didn’t. 

Thank you, my Savior and my God, for all You did and for what You didn’t do for me. May all God’s people praise Your name and give glory to the King for the many ways Your gracious love has saved humanity. Amen.

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Stacey Salsbery

Stacey Salsbery

Stacey Salsbery is a farmer’s wife and mother of four—or as she likes to say, “President of Home Operations.” Stacey loves teaching women the Bible and along with her family makes her home in the cornfields of Indiana. For more, … read more …

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