Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Window of Significance: The Centurion

"When the centurion and those with I'm who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely, he was the Son of God!"  Matthew 27:54

The Window of Significance chapter took me a little longer than the previous chapters to "get".  I'm not sure if it's because I have so many different things going on that I wasn't reading with a clear head or if everyone experienced this as well.  However, after reading it twice, it hit me and it hit me hard.

The centurion was in charge of a large group of men who were keeping guard over Jesus when he died on the cross  The centurion experienced first hand the power of the cross.  You see, the centurion was one of the first to be changed by the power of the cross, to believe and be saved by professing his belief.  At first, I was saddened that this centurion didn't "get it" before Jesus died.  However, then I realized he was one of the lucky ones to "get" the significance of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins just moments after it happened.

It's amazing to me that God was able, in the horrible moment of Jesus hanging on the cross, to grab ahold of the centurion's heart.  The centurion, a very powerful soldier in charge of one hundred soldiers.  They followed him.  Imagine the impact the centurion's new belief in Jesus made on these men.  I'm sure after seeing their centurion's change of heart a lot of the soldiers were able to find Jesus as well.  The centurion and the other soldiers had been through war, tough times, and their hearts were hardened.  The most wonderful thing about this is that God was able to soften them for eternity.

For me, The Window of Significance represents the power and significance of the cross and how truly remarkable our God is.  God can take the toughest situations and help us through them all.  We just have to give him our hearts, no matter what kind of battle we are going through, and believe in the significance and power of Jesus dying for our sins.

This is the time of the year when many people think more about your sacrifice you made for us.  This is the time of the year when many people who are lost find you and believe.  Lord, we pray that you soften all of our hearts to remembering the sacrifice you made for us so that we will continue to live our lives for you and not ourselves.

*  Please join us next week as we conclude this study of The Windows of Easter.  Our goal is to briefly talk about the remaining three windows:  The Window of Sorrow, The Window of Strength and the Window of Scripture.  We would love to finish this study before Easter.

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