When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
God was glorified in Jesus’ death!
That centurion had never experienced a crucifixion like this one. Jesus did not cry for mercy or try to escape; rather, He prayed for the people who put Him on the cross, “Father, forgive them”. He spoke to the other victims of crucifixion about life with God after death. As He was dying, for three hours in the middle of the day, the sky went dark. When Jesus died, there was a massive earthquake and the rocks were splitting. It was a terrifying experience.
As the centurion took in all that he had heard and seen from Jesus, he could come to only one conclusion: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
God was not only glorified in Jesus’ miracles and in His words that so amazed His listeners. The glory of Jesus’ life went way beyond His training of the disciples. God was also glorified in Jesus’ suffering and death.
God is challenging you today not to think of the hard times you face as opponents of God’s work in your life. God is as much glorified by your spiritual response to those times as He is by your times of great victory and blessing.