Crucifixion, Disciple, God is God, Good News, Jesus, Jews, Mark 15, Master, Slave, Son of God
A crucifixion is a most painful, cruel and protracted form of execution which involved the victim being roped or nailed to an elevated wooden cross. This form of execution was favored by the Romans, who regarded it as a deterrent to political rebellion against the authority of Rome at the time of Jesus the Messiah.
A lot is going on. Jesus just died. The Temple curtain rips in half. His disciples are scattered. A Roman Captain is trying to keep things in order.
The Roman Captain is moved. He comes to a stunning conclusion. Jesus is the Son of God. He knows it.
But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, “This has to be the Son of God!” | Mark 15:37-39 (The Message)
Here is the good news! Jesus is the Son of God. Everyone who encounters Him comes away knowing it. It moves and motivates me. Jesus, the Son of God, died for me. I, like the Roman Captain, can’t ignore it.
- John 10:36 — Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
- Luke 22:70 — And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”
- John 19:7 — The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.”
- Revelation 2:18 — And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this.
Jesus is my Master. I am His slave. I will follow and obey Him. Following Him involves me. I don’t get to stand by and watch. I must carry a cross to my death. I must die to sin with Jesus.
- Mark 8:34 — And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
- Matthew 10:38 — “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
- Luke 14:27 — “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
- Galatians 5:24 — Now those who belong to the Messiah Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
- Galatians 6:14 — But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Master Jesus the Messiah, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Citizen Tom said:
That must have been a monumental epiphany (=> https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany)for that Roman Captain. I wonder what the men who ridiculed, beaten, flogged, and crowned Jesus with thorns were thinking. Can you imagine being one of those who had participated in nailing Jesus to that cross? What was the Captain’s role? If he was standing at that cross, then men who had put Jesus on that cross were almost certainly under his command. Another word for Captain is Centurion. That Captain had about 100 men under his command. What did he do after he realized how much he had sinned?
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Μιχαήλ (Michael) | God is in a good mood! said:
This account is stunning. All great questions and unfortunately we don’t know. I do sometimes wish we had been given the rest of the story. So many characters in the scripture we get a little info on then “poof”, no more.
Knowing that He had crucified the Son of God had to be life changing. At least I hope so.
Thanks for the insight. Be blessed.
Good point Citizen Tom
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