Friday, March 21, 2008

Some good gentiles

"When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’" Mark 15

I love the fact that it takes a tough, mean, Roman centurion to realize what his Roman masters and the local Jewish leaders were even blind to, refused to believe, or found too disturbing to accept. It is the centurion - the gentile - who realises that would Jesus had said he was in word and deed were true - that he is the Son of God, the legitamite King of the Jews and the true Israelite - the suffering servant of the people of suffering servants who died 'for our transgressions.'

Happy Easter - and make sure you read this article by John Dickson in today's SMH.

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