When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” —Mark 15:39
This soldier understood death. He had probably seen it many times. He did not become a centurion without experience. This season soldier saw how Jesus died and said, “This man truly was the Son of God!” What stood out in the death of Jesus on the cross that brought this soldier to that conclusion? We are told he “saw how he died” and that brought him to the conclusion of who Jesus is. Jesus died according to His timetable, according to His plan and the centurion understood that was happening. He saw that this was far from an ordinary death. Let us understand as well that the death of Jesus was no ordinary death. No, “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (I John 2:2). Then “he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). Rejoice you who have trusted in the Lord Jesus and have called upon His Name because He “loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5). He has “freed us from the penalty for our sins” (Romans 2:24). “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). The Truth has set us free (John 8:32). Yes… rejoice!
Dear Father, thank You for allowing me to understand who Jesus is and what He has done for me at the cross. Now may I live faithfully for You by the authority of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit out of the gratitude of my heart. Be pleased to work in and through me to draw others to Yourself as well… for Your honor and glory. So be it!