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A Soldier's Story

The day Jesus died people watched with such curiosity. Those who were laying palm branches down singing Hosannah were now saying, "Crucify Him!" It’s crazt how fickle the human heart can be. The Roman soldiers were part of the crowd who vehemently wanted Jesus dead. They were merciless, but Jesus is full of mercy. He cried out “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” and He still cries that for us today.

No matter the situation, no matter the depth of sin, He forgives. During our play I watched, from a close view, a Roman Centurion mock Jesus and spit in His face with such arrogance, but I also watched this same man realize that Jesus was the Christ as he fell to his knees smiting his chest and confessing that Jesus was the Messiah.

A man in the highest ranks in the Roman Army went from haughty to humble. Pride is dangerous but humility is freeing. He was set free that day. Aren’t you glad mercy comes running after you and me?

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Sharon Ingram

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