Mark 15: 33-41 (NIV)
The Death of Jesus
33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” 40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
A centurion spoke the words of faith that day as he declared “Surely this man was the Son of God!” There were other believers present, the women are mentioned after the proclamation by the centurion but they are off in the distance. At the foot of cross the centurion made the proclamation we proclaim as we live our lives for him.
Lord, once again we see the moving of the Spirit in someone unexpected to speak the words at the foot of the cross. May we proclaim in everything we do. Amen.