Salvation at the Foot of the Cross
Conversion in Mark 15:39
This conversion story is my favorite because of the intensely dramatic elements involved in it. The king of the universe just died, and only after “it is finished” does the Centurion realize the truth and declare, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
The magnanimity of Jesus’ death wasn’t just a sight for those who already believed, but also a point of change for those who didn’t. In the moment that the curtain of the temple was torn, when the nature of the relationship between God and man became more universally intimate (instead of needing a go-between), a soul (and possibly other souls) were brought to life. Imagine how bright the realization must have been in the mind of the centurion. No sudden understanding of a math problem or philosophical concept could compare. The centurion was metaphorically blind and suddenly granted sight. That alone is why he was able to know the truth about Jesus Christ. But the timing was awful.
The centurion is stuck with that sinking feeling, and unless he heard of Jesus’ resurrection and believed it later on, then I am sure he would be haunted by what he took part in that day for the rest of his existence on earth. What a potentially sad soul! What a blessed man to be shown the truth! I hope to meet him one day in Heaven.
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