What if Jesus had come down off of that cross to display the power that the onlookers had doubted? What then?
St. Paul says that the cross is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. In reality the cross is the power and wisdom of God. Getting off the cross is the path to a truncated meaning and reveals less power. It does not go “all the way” for love. God is love. God goes all the way.