Luke 23:46-47

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

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.”

– Luke 23:46-47


Back in Jesus’ day, there were many different opinions as to His identity. The Centurion who was overseeing His crucifixion acknowledged Jesus to be a “righteous man.” There are many people today who view Jesus the same way. When reading the Gospels, it is easy to conclude that Jesus was a good or righteous man. He did many good things that benefited many people. He healed the sick and provided for the poor. He spoke words of truth that brought emotional healing to many. Yet, if Jesus was just a good man, then some of His most important claims could not be substantiated. If He were just a good man, then His death would not meet God’s requirement for a perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind.

The Big Question

Many people today will acknowledge that Jesus was a good man. When looking at His life, it would be hard to argue that He was not a righteous man. Do you believe that Jesus was a righteous man? Does your belief end here? Does the fact that He was a righteous man have the power to transform lives today? Who is Jesus to you?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.