Mark 15:33-39 NLT
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down!” Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
Let’s remember these questions as we dig into this Scripture:IS THERE A SIN TO CONFESS? IS THERE A PROMISE TO CLAIM? IS THERE AN ATTITUDE TO CHANGE? IS THERE A COMMAND TO OBEY? IS THERE AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW? IS THERE A PRAYER TO PRAY? IS THERE AN ERROR TO AVOID? IS THERE A TRUTH TO BELIEVE? IS THERE SOMETHING TO PRAISE GOD FOR?
There are many things I could pull out of this passage but the one thing that personally stands out for me is the last line. The Roman officer’s recognition of who Jesus really was. His statement, “This man truly was the Son of God!” What does that mean? How does that affect me?
This one line changes everything. If Jesus was just a good man, I can live however I want. I can do whatever I want. I can live as if there are no consequences, but if his statement is true, then how I conduct my life really matters.
Based on this Roman officers statement the questions above must be answered for Freda. They must be asked based upon the Truth he had just encountered, not his opinion, but based upon the same Truth that I have encountered. Jesus is the Saviour of the world.
Because He is Saviour, because He is the Son of God, this lost life has been found. This sinful heart has been changed.
Because He is Truth, I can stand upon the promises found in His Word and proclaim those promises over my life.
Because He is Perfect, I must bow my attitudes and imperfections before Him and allow him to reshape this messed up life.
Because He is The Way, I must lay down my plans and all other perceived “ways” and follow His commands. They are truly what will bring life and health to this life.
Because He is the Giver of Life and the Giver of all that is good, I can follow His example. Not only can I, but I need to.
Because He is Truth, all else that claim to be Truth is false. In order to keep my heart from being led into deception, I must follow Truth. I must follow Him.
I Praise God for being who He says He is. Because He is who he claims to be I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.
In summary, because He is the Son of God, Freda needs to adjust her life and heart to live with that understanding. If she really does, it will change how she lives. She will not live for the moment, but will willingly follow the One who leads the way, the One who is Truth, and in doing so she will live for a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. She will live like she believes Him.