An "Irony" is a figure of speech in which what is stated is not what is meant or the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal intended meaning. The user of irony assumes that his reader or listener understands the concealed meaning of his statement. A paradox is an apparently self-contradictory statement whose underlying meaning is revealed only by careful scrutiny. Its purpose is to arrest attention and provoke fresh thought, as in the statement Less is more. Each of the scenes here represent an irony or paradox in which he pharisees and their accomplices taunt the Jesus.
Unknowing each of these taunts are actually true which will make you trust in the power of the cross. The taunts include: 1) Thought depicted as a fake king, Jesus is really the King (vv. 27-31), 2) thought depicted as a paper tiger, Jesus is the powerful One (vv. 32-40), 3) thought depicted as one who cannot pull himself out of the fire, Jesus rescuer of others (vv. 41-42), and though depicted in agony Jesus trusted God (vv. 43-51).
Mathew makes it very clear you can trust in the power of the cross because Jesus is Christ the King he really is the king of the Jews (and the world for that matter). Matthew again make it very clear that you can trust in the power of the cross because he could destroy the temple and rebuild it in 3 days. The power of the resurrection shows us that very truth (concerning the temple of his body). The only way Jesus was to the power to save himself and his people is by hanging on the cross in utter powerlessness Matthew makes it very clear that you can trust in the power of the cross because Jesus came to rescue people from their sin. Physical restraints did not keep Jesus on the cross, but a moral restraint did He came to do His Fathers will. Finally, you can trust in the power of the cross because Jesus did not crack under pressure. Jesus trusted God fully through the darkest of times. The darkness and judgment was all part of God's Plan. Christ went to the cross in joy.... Christ trusted God and so should you trust in Christ and his cross that paid the penalty for the sin of anyone who would ever believe.