Certainly this man was innocent!

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things. Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. Luke 23:44-56

Jesus has died on the cross and the crowd has a change of heart. They leave the place of execution beating their breasts aware for the first time that an innocent man has been executed. Even the Roman centurion in charge of the execution realizes that Jesus was an innocent man.

Then something strange happens. Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea, goes to Pilate to claim Jesus body for burial. Why is this strange? The reason is that just last night Joseph along with the rest of the Sanhedrin had tried Jesus and found Jesus guilty of blasphemy. They then turned Jesus over to Roman authority and demanded Jesus be executed. Now this Jewish leader wants to give Jesus a proper Jewish burial.

This is one of the facts recorded in the Gospel account that rings of authority and truth. Why, if the writers of the Gospels were making things up would they chose someone who only hours ago had condemned Jesus to be the one who buries Jesus. A made up story would have had the disciples showing courage and seeking Jesus body from Pilate. Instead the disciples had gone into hiding afraid the Jesus’ fate would be their fate.

In keeping with Jewish custom Jesus’ body was wrapped in a linen shroud with about 100 pounds of herbs, spices and aloes. He was laid in a tomb and it was sealed by rolling a large stone to cover the door. At this point it would have seemed to Jesus’ followers that all had been in vain. Nowhere in Jewish custom, tradition or reading of the scriptures was the Messiah supposed to die. The Jewish version of their Messiah was a conquering king who would rid them of foreign rule.

Have a blessed day,


About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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6 Responses to Certainly this man was innocent!

  1. chaddamitz says:

    Great insight into the story. I find it fascinating how the honesty of the gospel writers strengthens the historical validity. They don’t attempt to exaggerate their claims or profess to be “spiritually” adequate. Instead, they are humble and admit their mistakes. If this was a made up story, I think the disciples would have painted themselves as more courageous, but as you suggested, they were brutally honest. Thanks again for sharing. Happy Resurrection Sunday!

  2. dwwork says:

    Thanks for your insightful comment. I wish you a blessed Resurrection Sunday, David

  3. Good message David based on Truth, as we see confirmed in Isaiah 53, thank you for sharing it, Jesus’ death and resurrection are very important for us to understand and accept.

    Isaiah 53: 9 “And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.”

    How sad that some propagate their own interpretation of the Scriptures even denying what they tell us happened in the past or what will happen and what does happen. I reject the teaching of those who do this with any of the Scriptures as they show they do not have the empowering of The Holy Spirit, yes they may keep to popular accepted understanding in some things but without the Lords leading and wisdom, they will error in other things of importance.

    I intend to share about Cults soon David and how to recognize them, if wanted by you would you please share with me about some Cults you know of and their focus, I would appreciate it if you did but no pressure, it’s always your choice to do so. God warns that False teaching will increase in the end times and it sure is, I don’t know them all but I do the main ones and a few others, sadly their teaching today is being accept as Truth even by Christians.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

  4. dwwork says:

    Anne, thanks for your comment. Yes, the resurrection is the single most important event in history yet so many deny it happened even with the overwhelming amount of evidence. Others want the resurrection to be spiritual rather than physical which is wrong. As to cults I recommend anything written by Ron Rhodes. I particularly like “The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions” which is an overview of many cults. I used this book in a class I took the he taught. Also check out my posts on Jehovah Witnesses and Mormonism, links on my page. I wrote a paper on the Mormon view of God which I posted as a serial. Hope you and Ron had a blessed Resurrection Sunday and that both of you are feeling better. David

    • Thank you David, I will check your links fully before I Post, I was thinking that without Christmas and the Birth of Christ, we would not have Easter, both go together, I’m sure you’ll agree and they both show God’s Power in Miraculous ways but not surprising with Him being God of the impossible.

      It is interesting that some think that God is talking about man made Ordinances and Traditions and that we must remember to do them but it’s God’s that He has set in place not man’ that we must not neglect to do.

      The Chemo makes Ron very tired but he is ok and not sick like some are with it and has not lost his hair, he also does not have constant back pain now but it does come and go. I’m going OK although having dry eyes again makes it hard to read at times but I’m pacing myself and taking it a bit slower. Thank you for caring David your a very thoughtful and kind man.

      Blessings – Anne

  5. dwwork says:

    Anne, one additional resource is the book “When Cultists Ask” bu Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes. I am glad to hear that Ron is doing well with the chemo. I know it can be hard on people. I am also glad you are doing okay. Blessing, David.

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