There have been many
books, and of course, movies, about Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. But I haven’t seen much about the
men who made the cross on which He died. I wonder whether they woke up in the middle of their nights, thinking about the
terrible deed they had done.
Of course, crucifixion was a common way to put men to death at that time, so they may have just considered it a matter of
"another death, another day." But I wonder about the later times. Matthew 27:54, where Matthew quotes a centurion
who was watching Jesus die, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, "and they feared greatly, saying, truly
this was the Son of God." And notice it says "they," so he wasn’t alone in becoming a believer.
If he truly did believe, it may be that he joined Jesus and that other thief "in paradise!"
And those who came out of their graves and walked
around the town…I wonder whether there was a stir among witnesses, and more talk about this one who had been crucified.
"And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose…and came out of the graves after
his resurrection, and went into the holy city; and appeared unto many." Surely this caused great wonderment (Matthew
27:52-53). This may have been where some who professed to be ministers, claimed that this was the resurrection spoken of
by the prophets.
Paul mentions this in 2nd Timothy 4:18-19, "Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past
already; and overthrown the faith of some." Actually, the Bible is speaking of the Rapture of Christians, still to come.
And so we see that no matter what miracles continue,
there will be some who simply will not believe. What a pity that so many close their eyes and their minds to the words of
the Bible, or re-word it to suit their life styles. The centurion saw and believed, but Jesus Himself had said early in His
teaching, ""Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet
have believed" (John 20:29).
Don’t follow Thomas’s weakness. believe in spite of all.