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A Righteous Man
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It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Dear Father, I join the centurion in praising You and in proclaiming that surely Jesus is a Righteous Man (the Son of God in Whom all Your righteousness dwells). I marvel that Jesus, the spotless Lamb, was willing to suffer the excruciating death that I and every other person in the world deserves for our sins. Hallelujah, that His sacrifice tore the curtain of the temple to show that I and all who receive Him can have an intimate love relationship with You! Once again my heart cries out with Charles Wesley in a portion of his hymn, “And Can It Be”: “And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood! Died He for me who caused His pain. For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou, my God, should’st die for me?” I ask Your Spirit to cleanse me, my family members and all believers of everything that hinders us from fully abiding in the Righteous Man. May we be righteous as He is righteous, and commit ourselves (body, mind and spirit) entirely into His hands. I pray that multitudes of unsaved people today will be as startled by Who Christ is, as were the centurion and the others who witnessed His death in person. I pray these things in His righteous name. Amen.