“Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Recently, we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. What an amazing heritage and hope we have in Him!
It strikes me again as I read the gospel accounts that the very first believer the moment after Jesus’ death and the very first proclaimer of Jesus’ name and identity as God was none other than a SOLDIER!
Mark 15:37-39 says, “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two 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!’”
Matthew’s account adds, “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus . . . exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54
SOLDIERS believing and proclaiming Jesus and His name at the foot of the cross!
This, my friends, is no coincidence. God’s plan to advance the gospel and to reach the peoples of the nations has always traveled on the pathway of military people. They are located in strategic places; they hold important positions; and they are influential, connected, mobile, courageous, “all-in” impactors of those around them and of their cultures. The story of the early church in the book of Acts verifies over and again that God’s strategy and plan to advance the Good News includes military people.
From the foot of the cross to the doorstep of a hospitality house—on land, air, and sea, the gospel is traversing the globe through the lives of transformed military people. Somewhere in the world right now is a Soldier, Airman, Sailor, or Marine proclaiming, “Surely this is the Son of God!”
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