If even the centurion was forgiven…

God’s forgiveness is SO amazing, so beyond our human understanding.

Consider this: when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He prayed forgiveness for the men who crucified Him. But He wasn’t just saying words. The forgiveness He asked for actually came to fruition, right then and there. How do we know?

When the centurion and those who were with him,
keeping watch over Jesus,
saw the earthquake and what took place,
they were filled with awe and said,
‘Truly this was the Son of God!’

Matthew 27:54

The centurion was the top guy, the Roman officer in charge of the crucifixions. A gruesome task, to be sure – but he was probably hardened to the sight of blood and death. His ears were closed to the cries of the dying, his eyes shut to their agony.

He stood there, with his soldiers, at the foot of the cross. He watched Jesus struggle physically, as blood and water poured out Him, dehydrating and torturing His body. He watched Jesus struggle spiritually, as He agonized through the piercing separation from His Father, becoming estranged from His very self.

The centurion stood there already hardened to death’s dark force, yet as the earth quaked and the sky grew dark, his eyes were opened to Christ’s deity and innocence. He realized the purity of the Lamb they were slaying, the intertwining of God and man in this one person.

And he cried out the truth, that Christ was truly God – the truth that had led to Christ’s crucifixion, truth that the Roman leaders considered blasphemy.

And God forgave him! This man, who probably helped execute God’s only begotten Son. This man, who probably shrugged his shoulders at the thought of one more crucifixion that day. He believed on Jesus, and was forgiven. Completely.

What amazing grace! What unconditional mercy!

What incomprehensible forgiveness!

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2 thoughts on “If even the centurion was forgiven…

  1. Wow–love your perspective. If God can forgive the centurion, he can forgive anyone. If only those who need to know that would!

    Thanks for making me think this morning and for thanking God once again for his mercy and grace to me.

    There are those who advance the position that, by saying, the Sinner’s Prayer your sins will be forgiven and you will be added to the Lord’s church. The question remains, can saying a prayer save anyone? Let us investigate that supposition.

    The typical sinner’s prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you have died for my sins and arose from the grave. I now turn from my sins and invite You into my heart and life. I receive You as my Lord. Amen.”

    The birth of the church of Christ was A.D. 33 the Day of Pentecost. How were they saved?

    Acts 2:22-41…..36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    The events on the Day of Pentecost that lead to salvation.
    1. Peter preached the death, burial , and resurrection of Jesus.(Acts 2:22-35)
    2. Peter proclaimed Jesus as both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)
    3. Men believed the message and were convicted of their sins and ask what they should do. (Acts 2:37)
    4. Peter told them to repent and be baptized (immersed in water) so their sins could be forgiven and they could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    5. How were they saved? Act2:40-41…”Be saved from this perverse generation” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. (Notice they were not saved until they were baptized).


    What did they have to do to be saved?

    They needed to have faith: John 3:16, Mark 16:16
    They needed to repent: Acts 2:38, Acts 3;19 (repentance means to make a commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God).
    They needed to confess: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:36-37.
    They needed to be baptized: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:20-21.

    The apostles never taught the sinner’s prayer as the terms for pardon.

    No one is questioning the sincerity of those who recite the SINNER’S PRAYER, the question is, can the SINNER’S PRAYER SAVE ANYONE?

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