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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #189, CT 503312
"PEOPLE AROUND THE CROSS" SERIES, PT. VI
"The Man Who Changed His Mind"
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed ilis last.
The curtain of the temple was torn into,
from top to bottom.
And when the Centurion, who stood there in
front of Jesus, heard His cry and saw how
He died, he said, "Surely this man was the
Son of God!"
If it had been taped, we could see and hear the gruesome sights and
sounds of that scene on Calvary today. You would hear the weeping of
the women who loved Jesus and followed after Him, along with His mother
and friends. You would see the soldiers gambling for the garment of
Jesus, cursing the fact that they had duty that day, on that outpost so
far away from Rome. You would see the Pharisees, who were enjoying
seeing this man, who claimed to be King of the Jews, and the Son of God
being put to death at last.
You would also see a Centurion there, a man in charge of over 100
soldiers. He obtained his position by bribe, appointment or
battlefield commission. He was a man who had sworn allegiance to
Caesar and Caesar only. He was courageous and brave, with the
responsibility of putting criminals to death on a regular basis. A
Centurion, marching unrder the proud Roman eagle, glad to be a part of
the greatest Roman army the world had ever seen, and even though he was
in Jerusalem, he was at least grateful to be in the position of being a
leader in the Roman army.
It's an amazing thing about Centurions. Four of them are mentioned in
the New Testament, and every one of those military men are given a
favorable account in the Scripture. You'll find one, whose name is not
mentioned in the Gospels who actually gave a synagogue building in
Capernaum. There is another in Acts chapter 10 by the name of
Cornelius. He was a man who gave offerings and sought ...
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