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The Impact of Easter

James Grayston

Last weekend we thought much about the Easter story. Over the weekend at TCF, the speaker (Jamie McIlree), read the historical account of Jesus' crucifixion from the Bible (ref, Matthew chapter 27).  This is a chapter I've read often but what struck me on that occasion was the impact that this event MUST have had on the soldiers who personally inflicted the physical torture on Jesus.

Here's an extract from the chapter and look at what the soldiers thought at the end!

"Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

"And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

"From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

"When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”"
The Bible, Matthew 27:27-31, 36, 45, 50-52, 54 NIV

It's so important that, as we carry on with our own lives, we don't miss the significance of who Jesus is. We might not be actively against Him as the soldiers were, but how easy to not even give him any consideration at all.