By Keith King
THE CENTURION, SEEING WHAT HAD HAPPENED, PRAISED GOD AND SAID, “SURELY THIS WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN.” [LUKE 23:47]
It is amazing to me that the one man who oversees the crucifixion of Jesus Christ comes to realize that Jesus is who He said He was. Imagine the moment as Jesus dies on the cross. Jesus breathes his last and the earth begins to shake. The sky changes in an instant and temple curtains tear in half. This is unlike any other crucifixion the Romans had performed. Usually, they just die on the cross and justice is served. However, in this circumstance the death of Jesus is so outstanding that even the Roman official bows and recognizes Jesus as a righteous man.
By praising God and recognizing Jesus’ righteousness, the centurion seems to understand that Jesus is not who he thought Him to be. There is no way this man was just another common criminal being punished by Rome.
In our lives, we also participate in and witness events every day that have significance and meaning that are beyond our initial understanding. We need to remember that the Lord is always present and we should seek His guidance and direction in our daily lives.
QUESTION TO CONSIDER
Do I take time to think about what God’s message is for me in my day-to-day activities?
Jesus, help me to see and understand your message in my daily life.