Reading: Mark 15:33–47
SOAP: Mark 15:39
Now when the centurion, who stood in front of him, saw how he died, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Who is Jesus? Who is this man who was born in a small town, worked as a carpenter, healed the sick, cast out demons, taught with authority, challenged religious leaders, was praised and called the Messiah, was rejected, arrested, mocked, beaten, and crucified?
“Truly this man was God’s Son!” The centurion, a Roman soldier who was likely not familiar with the scriptures, who would not have known of the promised Jewish Messiah, who was not looking for a new king, understood who Jesus was. His confession showed how clearly Jesus had revealed Himself in His death. There was no doubt He was God’s Son.
When we hear of all Jesus did, how do we respond? Are we like the disciples, who followed Him and then abandoned Him when things grew dangerous? Are we like the woman who anointed Him, giving all she had in worship? Are we like the religious leaders, who did everything they could to destroy Him? Are we like the centurion, who, after seeing the way Jesus died, was convinced He was the Son of God? We answer Mark’s question every day of our lives. May our answer today and every day be: “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Lord Jesus, You truly are God’s Son! Give me the assurance of who You are and the faith to live like I believe it every single day. Give me boldness like the centurion to proclaim who You are in any situation. Amen.