21st March 2010
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’
How good are you at recognising people? I always struggle in the picture rounds at Table Quizzes, so often a face seems familiar, but it is so hard to put a name to that face. It is an intensely frustrating experience! It is even more embarrassing when I meet someone I should recognise, but can’t!
Recognising people can be tricky at the best of times, but I often wonder how the Jewish Religious Leaders of Jesus’ time could have got it so wrong? How did they not recognise Jesus as the Messiah, someone who they prayed would come, someone that they had been anticipating for generations? How did they not realise who Jesus was and is? They saw the miracles, they heard the teachings, they knew the prophecies, yet their jealousy and stubbornness prevented them from seeing Jesus for who He really was and is, the Son of God. Amazingly, the Religious Leaders could not recognise the true identity of the man they sent to the cross. Even more amazingly they could not recognise their actions after His death. Ironically, it was a Roman Centurion who understood what had happened, and recognised that they had taken the life of the very Son of God.
Holy Week is always a very special time in the life of the Church. It is a time when we recognise the extent of God’s love for each and every one of us. It is a time when we recognise that we need and indeed have been given a Saviour. It is a time when we recognise that through Him we have a wonderful hope that achieves fullness in eternity.
This News Sheet highlights many special services and events during the Easter period. It is my prayer that these occasions will offer us all the opportunity to recognise the Lord and respond to Him, the One who gave His very breath, so that we can be recognised as children of God.