Face at the Cross: The Centurion
One of the vibrant themes of Mark’s gospel is that the “insiders” never seem to figure things out, and the “outsiders” do. Join us as we encounter the Centurion, the ultimate outsider as a representative of the ruling empire, give witness to Jesus’ identity. Our text will be Mark 15:33-39.
Mark 15:33-39, NRSV
33When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At 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?” 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36And 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.” 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now 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!”