And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus,
saw how He died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39
Our Lord was on the cross for six long hours, all the while being faithful to his assignment to seek and save the lost. Even as He gives up His spirit, we see man drawn to Him, conviction of sin, and belief confessed that He was the Son of God!
Jesus had stated that this would happen:
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. John 12:27-33
As we look at the at the centurion, we have the confirmation that Jesus, even on the cross, is drawing to the world, the ‘whosoever will,’ not just the Jew. I am reminded of Paul’s description of the Jew’s blessing and heritage, “the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen (Romans 9:4-5).
The centurion of the Roman army knows nothing about any of this blessing. Nor, did he see even one of the many miracles, signs, and wonders that Jesus performed. At least, I would think not. 🙂 The very fact that he is a Roman centurion lets us know that he lives in a world of many ‘g’ods with altars, and temples of all types.
He just knows that he is a man of authority assigned to watch over and the prisoners and execute the crucifixions on this day. Most likely, it is not the first day he and his men had done this. He has seen many men die, it is nothing new to him…but there is something different going on here, today. Something different about this man. The centurion has seen and heard much this day!
Was there ever a man like this man?!? Luke 23:47 gives us further insight, “The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”” Certainly, this statement reveals the power of Jesus’ Words to draw to Himself lifted on a cross. This is critical because Jesus also told us that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him (Luke 23:47a).” Blessed is the Lamb of God who was drawing on this day and continues to draw men unto Himself!
The power of a cross with the Son of Man nailed to it draws man to the Son of God! Hallelujah! O What a Savior! All by the grace of God!
Recognizing Jesus as a righteous man helps us to know that apart from Jesus man is not righteous, convict us of our sins, and inform us of our need for a Savior. Man apart from God described by God in His Word:
For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
But God so loves the world that He draws us to His Son lifted on a cross as He draws unto Himself…and man must make His choice. “”But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am? (Mark 8:29a)”
And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how He died,
he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39
Blinders off, the eye of the heart opened, and Truth received. “SURELY this man was the Son of God.”
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:1-8
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 8:8-13
WHOSOEVER WILL LET HIM COME!
To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior