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What Did It Take To Convince You?

Mark 15:39

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Some people take a lot of convincing. If we are to be convinced about something – without doubt – we often require certain proofs. For instance – if someone cheats on us – in marriage or in business – it might take quit a bit of time on good behavior to convince us that someone has changed their ways. For some of us – nothing would convince us. Broken trust is not easy to heal.

If someone hurts us – how much time or effort needs to go into an apology and forgiveness? For some of us – there is no turning back. For some – we forgive – depending on the offense – quickly. For others it all depends on the hurt. Some say – hurt me once – shame on you – hurt me twice – shame on me.

What did it take to convince your to ask or accept the ask to get married (if you did)? What did it take to for you to be convinced to buy your home or rent? What did it take to convince you where to work? What does it take to convince you to do most anything?

In today’s passage we read about the centurion that stood guard at Jesus’ crucifixion. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Mark 15:33–41 – 33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” 40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. (Jesus was quoting Psalm 22)

The centurion came to believe when he saw how Jesus faced death and how He died. Would it take Jesus’ death to convince us? If so – it is accomplished. What did it take for you to be convinced that Jesus died for you and that He loves you? What did it take to turn your heart to Christ? What did it take to give your life to Him?

If you haven’t made that decision yet – please do so now. Turn your heart to Jesus now – today!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

April 18, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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