because He would not…

Why did [Christ] not help Himself on the Cross? for He was hastening on to close conflict with death himself.  He did not descend from the Cross, not because He could not, but because He would not.  For Him Whom the tyranny of death did not restrain, how could the nails of the Cross restrain? …What sort of philosopher, among those who have studied logic, of those knowledgeable in Jewish masters, has save us and made known the truth?  Not one.   It was the fisherman’s work, the whole of it. …But how did He ‘destroy wisdom?’  Being made known to us by Paul and other like him, He showed it to be unprofitable …For he means to say how by contraries God has overcome, and how the Gospel is not of man.

~Saint John Chrysostom

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