(Matthew 27:54, NIV)
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!”
When the Roman soldiers crucified JESUS, it looked as though HIS enemies had finally gotten rid of HIM. Hanging on the cross, beaten, bleeding, wearing a crown of thorns, spit upon, mocked–JESUS seemed to have lost. When HE bowed HIS head and took HIS last breath, all of heaven went silent. There was no singing, no music, no praising, just an eerie silence. The earth was so troubled that it began to tremble, the sun turned its back and refused to shine. At three in the afternoon, darkness covered the earth. The soldiers were so overwhelmed that they exclaimed, “Surely HE was the SON of GOD!” Satan and the forces of darkness did not realize the power of JESUS’ blood dripping down into the earth. HE took all your mistakes, all your failures, all your weaknesses, all the times you blew it, every wrong thing you’ve said and ever will say, and HE forgave it. Let’s do our part and believe that we have an everlasting release from our sins through the precious blood of JESUS.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
FATHER, thank YOU for the power of JESUS’ shed blood that has secured an everlasting release from my sins. Thank YOU for the incredible price that HE paid to blot out all my sins and set me free. I declare that JESUS is surely the SON of GOD and my SAVIOR. In JESUS’ Name, Amen.