Summary: Following Jesus in His last days on earth.
Dwelling With Christ Matthew 27:54-56
I. The Announcement of the centurion (27:54) Words
A. The Fear that brought Salvation (27:54)
. Centurion & 100 men, responsible, supervising crucifixion
. Was he at the Garden? Heard charges of leaders, Pilate?
. Arresting, scourging, crowning, taunting, beating, mocking
. Spitting, nailing, piercing, gambling, hating, laughing
. His reaction to the darkness & disturbance! Feared Greatly!
. Phobia = sheer terror, panic; Matthew 14:26; 17:6
. Emotional fear turned to reverential awe!
. He sensed a supernatural origin!
. Truly = certainty & conviction of genuine faith; profession!
. Illumination & conviction of the Holy Spirit!
. Luke 23:47 - he glorified God
. Saw many die, but not like Jesus; Christ & His strength, cry
. Confronted by holiness, righteousness; aware of his sin.
. Jesus wasn’t a lunatic, a liar but He was the Lord!
B. The Forgiveness that was Sought - Luke 23:34a - Father…
. Jesus prayed for the deceived & confused & it was answered
1. A Centurion and his men - Matthew 27:54
2. A Criminal - Luke 23:39-43
3. A Crowd - Acts 2:36-41
II. The Affection of the women (27:55-56) Warmth
A. They Ministered to Him - on many occasions; Luke 8:1-3
. Get the word deacon from; serving; 1 Timothy 5:10
B. They Mourned over Him - Luke 23:27
1. Deep grief, hope shattered, courage daunted
2. Devoted service; always ministering
3. Dedicated: faithful and true
. Mary Magdalene - Luke 8:2
. Mary, the mother of James & Joseph -
Mark 15:40 - James the less, an apostle
. Mother of James & John (Zebedee‘s) Salome; Mark 15:40
. Mary, Jesus’ mother was there; John 19:26
. Divine dignity to all the women; Where were all the men?
. The 12? Only John was there.
C. They Managed to stay with Him - Luke 23:49
2. At His Celebration - at His resurrection!