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What Have We Done?

"At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort [see Roman Legions and Ancient Empires - Rome], a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms liberally to the people, and prayed constantly to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius." And he stared at him in terror, and said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and bring one Simon who is called Peter; he is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside." (Acts 10:1-6 RSV)

"Truly this was the Son of God!"

Roman Soldiers Although they are often portrayed as such, because as such many of them were, some Roman troops were not, or continued to be, like the sadistic thugs who gleefully brutalized and crucified the Son of God (see Stand Back Now, Let It Happen) and persecuted His followers thereafter. Some, like Cornelius, as described above, saw the light at some point.

Ironically, it may have been the troops who actually crucified Christ that came to realize most deeply that Christianity truly is The Way:

"And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up His Spirit." [see How Did Jesus Christ Die?]

"And behold, the curtain of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom [see Why Was It Torn?]; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many."

"When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:50-54 RSV)

Fact Finder: Will those "who pierced Him," meaning not just the Roman soldier who actually killed Him, but humanity as a whole, face Christ some day?
Revelation 1:7
See also When Will You Be Judged?

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