So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39 (NKJV)
The centurion saw and heard what Jesus said and did on the cross. He heard Jesus welcome the repentant thief into paradise. He heard Jesus lamenting to God. He saw Him refuse wine that would dull his senses. He heard and felt the earth quake when Jesus died. He saw the sky darken. He heard Jesus say, “Father, into you hands I commit My spirit.” (Luke 23:46) He confessed that Jesus was the Son of God. He was the first to “preach Christ crucified.” (1 Corinthians 1:23)
I forget, ashamedly, what happened on the cross. I get too engrossed on systematizing the theology instead of letting that very theology grow organically in me. The centurion marveled! I need to marvel.
Lord, truly You are the Son of God…