Good News from Mighty Rivers
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FRIDAY, LONG AGO
This is one day I will never forget. I had to oversee three
crucifixions. That was not unusual in itselfóIíve had that duty more
times than I care to remember. Iíve spent longer days at Golgotha,
but today I clocked six hours and it was over.
We got there at 9:00 a.m., and it was business as usual. Nail them
down; lift them up. I donít even blink anymore when the nails are
pounded in. I used to when I was a young soldier, but now, after
hundreds of them, itís just a job. I hate saying this, but you get
But today was different. When we drove the nails into the hands of
Jesus, things stopped being normal or usual. Thatís the moment when
I would get cursed, spit at. But Jesus asked his father to forgive
us. Can you believe that? We usually drug the victim to dull the
pain a little bit, but he would not have it.
Then he said something strange to one of the others being crucified,
some promise about being in paradise today. What an amazing thing
for one dying man to say to another. Next he made sure his mother
was cared for. Toward the end he shouted, ďIt is finished,Ē as if he
were some sort of victor. And at 3:00 he told his father, ďInto your
hands I commit my spirit.Ē It sounded like ďmission complete, Iím
But there was more. Just when we sat down to eat lunch it became
completely dark. There were no storms forecast, but right there at
high noon, bam! It got dark and there was an earthquake. I heard
later that the temple curtain had torn right in half, top to bottom.
And right then the Spirit of God convinced me that the man I had put
to death was no ordinary man. I knew in that moment that He was the
Son of God. I knew He was on that cross to pay the debt I owed, even
I, who pounded those nails in, am forgiven.
And you who made me have to do it are forgiven, too. You and I are
going to join that thief who was next to Jesus in Paradise. He is
going to remember us, too. So letís make a dealóletís live for the
One who died in our place and rose again, that we might live
forever. Letís never forget this day.