“Here I Stand!” Romans 1:16-17
A young Doctor of Philosophy who was a professor and chair of the Religion Department at the University of Wittenburg had a dilemma. What was he to do? His church, led by Pope Leo X, was in error and was deluding Luther’s parishioners with the sale of indulgences. Pieces of paper could be bought that they were told would provide freedom from God’s punishment of sin. The lie was being told as truth. What was he to do?
“Lord I Believe!” John 9:38
Jesus was in the Temple in an intense dialog with the Jews. As He revealed that He was, “I Am,” they picked up stones to throw at Him but He was hidden from them and escaped from the Temple. Seeing a man who had been blind from birth, Jesus healed him “so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Jesus anointed the eyes of this man with a mixture of spit and dust and then sent him to wash himself in the waters of the pool of Siloam. The man came back healed declaring that Jesus was a prophet.
“Who Are You Lord?” Acts 9:5
We do not know what was driving Saul. He had captured and imprisoned followers of Christ in Jerusalem and now was on his way to do the same in Damascus. Intellectually gifted, schooled under the renowned Jewish rabbi Gamaliel, gifted with Roman citizenship which was a rarity for a Jew, he was an upcoming star in the Jewish aristocratic religious political world. Admired for his passion and desire to serve God, yet he was restless and distressed.
This Man Was The Son of God! Mark 15:9
What is it like to come face to face with truth that defies past beliefs and cynical skepticism? What possibly compels one to the truth that previously you could not see or believe? Consider that you are a Roman soldier, a Centurion. Through your physical skill and determination you have excelled in training. With good fortune and a ruthless will you have survived battles and moved up in rank and prestige. You have been selected by Pontius Pilate to be his leading Centurion and now with only a few hours of sleep you find yourself at the foot of a cross looking up at a man called Jesus in the final moments of His life. You hear from Him the words, “It is finished.” As Jesus dies, darkness surrounds you, the earth moves under your feet, and you hear your own words, “Truly this was the Son of God.”