The Roman Centurion had a Change of Heart (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #5)


TEXT: Mark 15:37-39

The Roman Centurion who was in charge of carrying out the crucifixion was one of the people in closest proximity to Jesus during his final hours. A centurion was a Roman army officer normally in command of about 60 to 80 soldiers. This centurion may have carried out or witnessed dozens of crucifixions during his career. He was a hardened soldier and not easily affected by a criminal’s cries of pain and agony. Yet, we find that this Roman Centurion was so affected by the manner of Jesus’ death, that he ended up admitting what Jesus’ disciples and His beloved followers believed — that he was the son of God.

How did this centurion come to this conclusion? It is quite likely that he did not see any of Jesus’ miracles. He had not sat among the multitudes who listened to Jesus’ teaching. What did he see in those final hours of Jesus’ life that caused him to make this admission? I believe the centurion saw three things about Jesus that convinced him that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God.

1. The Centurion saw Jesus’ strength. As Jesus was put on trial, he demonstrated tremendous strength in the way he handled the accusations that were made against him. He never answered his accusers. He never tried to defend himself. He showed great strength and restraint by not fighting back. As someone once said, “Pilate has the army, but Jesus has the power. Pilate has the throne, but Jesus has the authority. Pilate asks the questions, but Jesus holds all the answers.”

2. The Centurion saw Jesus’ serenity. Not only did Jesus show great strength, he showed great peace in his death. Most people meet death struggling to find a way to get out of it. But, Jesus Christ willingly went to the cross. The reason why he was able to demonstrate great peacefulness in his death is because he knew that he was fulfilling God’s purpose for his life.

3. The Centurion saw Jesus’ sympathy. In his waning moments on the cross, Jesus demonstrated his love and care for others. At a time when most people would have been concerned only about themselves and easing their pain, Jesus showed that he was most concerned about the people around him.

Why the Virgin Birth is Essential

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #53 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Larry King was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose any person from all of history. He said that person would be Jesus Christ. The questioner said, ‘If you could interview Jesus Christ, what would you like to ask Him?’ Larry King replied, “I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”

Followers of Jesus Christ believe that Jesus Christ was in fact virgin-born. This is one of the foundation stones of the Christian faith. A great deal rests on the fact of Jesus being born of the virgin Mary without the aid of a human father. Without this essential part of God’s redemption process, our salvation would rest on a very shaky foundation.

What is it about the virgin birth that makes it so essential? Why is it so crucial to the redemptive plan of God? Today, allow me to share with you three reasons why we cannot do without the virgin birth if we are to have salvation from sin and eternal life with God in heaven.

1. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus would not have been sinless.

2. The virgin birth is essential because without it, prophecy would not have been fulfilled.

3. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus could not have been the Son of God.

+ Plus, listen to Ron Kenoly singing “Jesus is Alive” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

GLMX #24: 7 Reasons Jesus Came to Die

Easter is one of the most important times of the year and it is especially important to Christians because around this time 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the whole world. Today, the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, will share with you “7 Reasons Jesus Came to Die on the Cross”.

+ Plus, listen to the Newsboys singing “Born Again”

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MP3 Download Link: GLMX Show 24