10th April 2020

Truly He Was the Son of God

“And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’”
Mark 15:37-39 (NKJV)

If you’re old enough to remember the epic movie, The Greatest Story Ever Told, released in 1965, you will no doubt also remember John Wayne’s cameo role as the Roman centurion charged with guarding Christ on the cross. Wayne only had one line to say, “Truly he was the Son of God,” but the story goes that in rehearsals, director George Stevens thought Wayne’s delivery was a little flat, so he told him, “Not like that – say it with awe.” Wayne obliged; “Aw, truly he was the Son of God.”

Whether that story is true or not, it makes a compelling point: the line should be said, or read, with awe. For in recognising, as the centurion miraculously did, that Jesus Christ IS the Son of God we lay claim to our very salvation. John 3:16 explains why most plainly, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” In other words, only by believing in him, believing that Jesus is who he said he was – the very Son of God – can we be saved.

It would be very easy, as many have, to believe that Jesus was a righteous man, a doer of good works, a great teacher and have it end there. But if Jesus was not also God in the flesh, his death was for nothing and we are not saved.

But Jesus IS the Son of God—The One who deigned to humble himself by entering into our messy world and dying in disgrace on a brutal instrument of torture. At this time of year more than any, we reflect on the divine love that motivated his extraordinary sacrifice for the whole world. And as we do so, let’s remember it with awe.

Prayer
Almighty Father, we come before you awestruck by the cost of our salvation and dumbstruck by the depth of the love that made it possible. “Love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.” In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Peter Mill
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About the Author:
Peter Mill is an Elder and the Missions Developer of the National Ministry Team of Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He and his wife, Jackie, are Pastoral Workers for Grace Communion International in Scotland and Ireland.

Local Congregation:
GCI, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EDINBURGH
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church

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