Son of God

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Mark 15:33-39

“Truly this man was God’s Son!” (v. 39)

Throughout Mark’s gospel the disciples have not understood who Jesus was or what he was
up to. Despite Jesus’ many attempts to explain his identity, his followers remained in the
dark. So it is, perhaps, not surprising that it is a centurion at the foot of the cross
who exclaims, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” A Roman army officer – a Gentile
soldier – is the first person to recognize who Jesus really was.

The Centurion’s words echo back through the gospel. Caiphas, the high priest, asked
Jesus if he was the Messiah, God’s Son. The parable of the wicked tenants speaks of the
father’s beloved son who is killed by the vineyard workers. On the Mount of
Transfiguration Jesus is identified as God’s beloved Son. The voice at Jesus’ baptism
hails him as God’s beloved Son. And the very first verse of Mark’s gospel introduces the
main topic of the book as “the good news of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Mark’s point is clear, but do we see it? Familiarity with Jesus is no guarantee that
you know who he really is. Outsiders, even executioners, sometimes recognize Jesus before
the insiders do. Jesus is God’s Son, the embodiment of God’s good news. But knowing this
requires faith.


Holy Spirit, give us the faith to acknowledge Jesus as God’s beloved Son.