Truly This Man Was God’s Son

This meditation is based on a passage for July 28, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Matthew 27:45-54

Reflection and Question: This is the moment Jesus speaks His last words, a cry from the heart quoting Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” But, of course, Jesus did not speak English, or Greek, the language of the Gentiles, or even Hebrew in its classic form. Jesus spoke Aramaic and His words were so important to the first followers that they passed on exactly what Jesus said. Also well remembered is the comment of the Roman centurion who had seen many men die: “Truly this man was God’s Son.” What words would convince you of who is God’s son?

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, give us the eyes of the Roman centurion, a Gentile able to see what is true. Then, in times of trouble, we will be strong in our faith and in our readiness to follow You wherever service in Your name may lead. Thanks. Amen.