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Day 19 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Mark 15:39 (NLT)

When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, ‘This man truly was the Son of God!’

For years I worked as an evangelist. I was employed to persuade people to believe in God. Much of that commitment to persuade was informed by the terror of what awaited those who failed to believe in Christ. Today, I remain concerned over the extent to which that persuasion bordered on emotional manipulation.

Here as Jesus breathes his last, a hardened Roman centurion finds faith with a simple declaration, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son’. As a Centurion he was no impressionable young man. He was a senior officer in the Roman army. Highly paid he was responsible for up to 200 soldiers. He trained them and dealt out harsh punishment when necessary.

It reveals the seriousness with which this execution was treated and the level of terror threat that was in existence as this trouble maker was led to his crucifixion. It also indicates the authenticity of Christ’s message and the authority he carried within himself. This centurion will have seen men die violent deaths in conflict. Centurions themselves often died in battle due to their style of leading from the front. With all of that experience as he observed the journey of this self-proclaimed Messiah he was convinced of the truth of Jesus’ message as expressed in his death and made his simple confession of faith.

While explaining the gospel message with words is a part of our call as Jesus’ followers, much more of our communication is conveyed through our authenticity and the authority with which we practice the Christian life. That authenticity involves our honesty about our own disappointment and those experiences we don’t understand as much as it does in expressing the joy of what we do understand. It also finds expression in the lifestyle foundations we build our life upon. How might a neighbour or friend know that we are Christians? Something struck the battle hardened and most likely cynical centurion on duty that day with sufficient force for him to declare his belief in Christ. 

QUESTION: Does how you live reflect the conviction that, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son’?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I do believe you are the Son of God, may this belief be expressed through the whole of my life. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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