When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Matthew 27: 54
All three of the Gospels record the transformation of the centurion on Golgotha that day. Mark records that the centurion was standing opposite Jesus, so he was very close. What made him see the goodness of Jesus that day? Probably because he saw Jesus loving while all the other people were hating. Those who passed by were mocking Him, but Jesus was blessing. One of the two thieves was cursing his executioners, but Jesus was asking for their forgiveness. He could have called on thousands of angels to His rescue, but of course He didn’t. It must have been very troubling to the centurion to only realise the truth after Jesus was dead. We can see that we have a lot in common with him.
Prayer: (Based on a traditional Irish Blessing)
May we have the hindsight to know where we’ve been, The foresight to know where we are going, And the insight to know when we have gone too far.
Action: Will we take action to be loving when others are hating, blessing when others are mocking and forgiving when others are cursing?