Summary: One man, and one man only is wholly competent to tell us the story of the death of Jesus. That man is this roman centurion. It was this centurion, who sent his band of men across the brook Kedron in the soft moonlight to arrest Jesus.
Hark 15:39...And when the centurion who stood facing him,saw
that he so cried out, and gave up the s p i r i t , he said surely
t h i s m a n i s t h e S o n o f G o d . ;
S U R E L Y
One man, and one man only is w h o l l y competent to tell us the
story of the death ofJesus. That man is this roman centurion.
-It was this c e n t u r i o n , who sent his band of men across the
brook Kedron in the soft m o o n l i g h t to arrest Jesus.
-It was this centurion who guarded Jesus as he was lead to
the house of C a i a p h a s , and then marched him as a dangerous
rebel, first to the Palace of P i l a t e , and then to the High
R i s e of Herod, and back to the Palace of P i l a t e .
-It was this centurion that overheard the strange p a r l e y i n g
between Jesus and Pilate.(Are you a king? ..John 18;33-38).
-It was this centurion that s u p e r i n t e n d e d the scourging of Jesus.
-It was the centurion, who looked on when the soldiers mocked him
-It was by the l i p s of this centurion that the message of
P i l a t e s wife reached the governors ears. It was from the
l i p s of this centurion, that Simon of Cyrene (A man of
Afrocentic ethnicity) was to help with the cross of Jesus.
At his word of command the glittering spears began to move
along the way to Calvary.
-It was this centurion that saw that the n a i l s were driven in
his hand, and then stood with watchful eye and open ears, in
the strength of his roman discipline, and marked how Jesus died.
Of t h i s man we know nothing certainly until he stands in the
light of the dying face of Jesus.
-That he,was a soldier assures us of the ingrained habit of
obedience, a man with perfect courage, a man of unflinching loyalty,a man of honesty, and a greatly s i m p l y heart.
-That he was a Roman S o l d i e r , suggest to us that he belonged
to the lost dauntless army the world has known, in fact their
deeds of valor went back through an almost unbroken record
of success through seven centuries.
-That he was a centurion tells us that he was a man in middle
life,a man who had seen service, and had risen through
merit to his high command. It may be safely said that among
the centurions of the Roman army, he was said to be the very
flower of honor and chivalry. A Colon Powell, so to speak.
However, Let us examine, and interview the man that commited the crucial crime of mankind. Come and go with me back to Golgotha's
Hill. While we are there. Let us attenuate the setting of ONE who CURSED JESUS, ONE WHO CAME TO JESUS, AND THE ONE THAT CRUCIFIED JESUS.
Tradition speak of the thief on the cross as the only convert to Jesus. However according to Matthew 12:v34c says out of the abundance of the heart a man speaketh. Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Roman 10:9 that if thou shall confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe God hath raised Jesus from the dead, Thou shall be saved. And this time, this centurion speaks, he say 'TRULY THIS IS THE SON OF GOD'-HE MAKES AN EXCLAMATION!,A DECLARATION AND AN IDENTIFICATION!
b. Declaration - T h i s was
c. Identification - THE S O N OF GOD
So there was ONE that cursed Jesus
there was ONE that crucified Jesus
and there were TWO that CAME to Jesus-66 1/3%
came to know him. Stay with me.
Let us look at the CRUEL OFFENSE.
An offense that is so cruel that
c r i m i n a l justice system..
it was outlawed by the criminal justice system.
Matthew 27 v.26...Then release he (the centurion) unto them;
and when he (the centurion) had scourged Jesus; he (the
centurion) delivered him (Jesus) to be crucified. The cruel
offense is that he (the centurion) turned him (JESUS) over
causally, calmly, and criminally, and he though so little of
it that in verse 5 4 says that he sat down, and watched him die there.