Scripture Reading — Mark 15:33-39
“And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.” (Mark 15:39)
This statement by the centurion is astounding. He was a commander of soldiers, a warrior for Rome; and he was supposed to worship the Roman Caesar as his god. Yet here, at the scene of Jesus’ death on a cross, this non-Jewish man says Jesus is truly the Son of God. We don’t know exactly how the centurion came to this conclusion. The drama of the moment may have had something to do with it; Matthew reports that there was also an earthquake (Matthew 27:54). But somehow the Spirit of God moved the centurion to speak out this truth about Jesus.
While there are people who don’t believe in God, there will be a day when each will recognize that Jesus is the one Lord and King over all (Philippians 2:9-11). It could be at the time of their death or on their judgment day, but it will happen. All who believe in Christ will make this confession with joy and praise; but sadly, others will admit this reality with dread.
Before we die and before our day of judgment comes, we can recognize that Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus truly is the Son of God, whether we see it or not. It is a gift to see this reality for what it is, and it is only by God’s Grace that we see the truth about Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, I do not know the depths of Your love and sacrifice for me, and I wonder, “How can it be that You would die for me?” Help me to know You as my Lord and my King, and to thank You for all You have done. Amen.
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