It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
Its Easter time again, its that time of year we celebrate the Supreme Sacrifice of God the Son for the forgiveness of our sins.
This season is actually more important, more holy to us than Christmas is! Yes the world has much more emphasis on Christmas, and the true meaning of Christ’s coming to earth gets lost behind a flurry of gift giving and receiving.
At Easter there is no hiding, not even the chocolate eggs can obscure the terrible price God Himself paid for our sin, this was the great day of reckoning, a supreme demonstration of the self-sacrificial love of our God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, as the Lord Jesus stepped into the breach.
Yes not only the supreme demonstration of love, but also God’s supreme demonstration of His Holy wrath against sin! He did not spare His Son the torment of taking sin upon himself and paying the price for our redemption in His death. God’s Holy hatred of sin was punished to the full extent that His infallible law and His righteousness demanded.
What the Roman Centurion said what was absolutely true about Jesus, he had seen many people die in all kinds of ways as a soldier of the Empire. In Jesus however he saw someone die as he had never seen before, the manner of Jesus’ death made huge impression on him, yes Jesus was innocent, he even died the death of an innocent.
What impression, what impact will the death of Jesus have on you over this period of time, if it is not life changing, then pray to God that he will still have mercy!
He is a merciful God, not willing that any should perish in their sin!
May the Love of God be with you!
- Luke 23 - 44