And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
This isn’t exactly what you would expect out of someone who had just watched Jesus brutally die. You would think they would respond with revulsion. Maybe sadness. Probably a sense of pity.
But the centurion worshipped Him.
This is the opposite of how many people respond to Jesus’ death.
The crucifixion of Jesus makes us feel sad and horrible. We often feel pity for Him.
But we really shouldn’t.
Partly because the cross wasn’t the Jews or the Romans’ idea. It was Jesus’ (Acts 4:27-28). But mainly because pity isn’t how Jesus wants us to respond to His death. Jesus didn’t die so that we could feel sorry for Him because he’s pitiful, but so that we would worship Him because he’s so powerful.
Worship is the exact opposite of feeling sorry for someone.
You can feel sorry for someone and not feel compelled to submit your life to them.
You can feel sorry for someone and actually think lower of them.
And that’s not what Jesus wants.
Jesus didn’t die to evoke your pity. He died to consume your life.
Pity has no place at the cross. Worship and submission does.
This entry was originally posted on July 13, 2011.