2010-03-31 - Bad Guys of Lent The Centurion
Before we wind up our Lent series of 2010, I want to thank those of you who wrote, for your affirming, inspiring, thought-provoking and challenging responses. I hope everyone has a meaningful Easter celebration.
In Christs days on Earth, a centurion was a Roman military commander. Traditionally, we have considered the Romans bad guys, in that they were the authorities who carried out Christs death sentence. Putting aside the fact that God had been planning Christs redemptive work ever since the Fall of mankind, we would do well to emulate the centurion. He may well have been the very first Christian evangelist.
It took him awhile, but finally, he got it. After witnessing the earthquake, the tearing of the veil from top to bottom, and the resurrection of people who had been long dead the centurion said it all, when he cried out, Surely this WAS the Son of God. (See Matthew 27.) With apparent disregard for what anyone else thought any more, the centurion spoke forth the truth. The simple truth. Nothing fancy, no eloquent words, but his outcry said it all. He believed, and he shared the Good News. May his example inspire us to go and do likewise.