The second immediate effect
of Jesus’ death is the Centurion’s profession of faith.
Witnessing Jesus’ last breath,
this Roman cried out:
“Truly this was the son of God!”
The Roman Centurion’s pronouncement is doubly significant.
It is significant not only because it is a profession of faith
from a non-believer, but also because if we think about it,
here we have Jesus’ response to that question of John the Baptist:
“Are you the One?
I ask because for a Messiah,
you don’t come to our rescue.”
The answer is: “Yes, this is the Son of God,
who, like you, was not rescued.”
We may not understand why God allows bad things
to happen to good people. But we know in Jesus,
He joins us in the fray; he is with us.
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