Death Was Their Job

Death was their job. The Roman soldiers who crucified Christ were hardened veterans who had crucified so many people, it had become a joke. They laughed at the sign over Jesus’ writhing body on the cross naming him king of the Jews. What irony, a king on a cross. They may not have understood his language when he asked God to forgive them, yet all that happened during that awful dark day made the centurion and others realize Jesus was special. Though they were pagan and worshiped many gods, they knew the events surrounding this man’s death were different from all the other crucifixions they had ever witnessed. Little did they realize through this one man’s death, death itself was conquered, and life eternal was made available to each of them and to all the rest of humanity.

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