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SKETCHES OF CHARACTER AT THE CROSS OF CHRIST.
BY THE REV. JAMES MURSELL. No. II.-PILATE AND THE CENTURION ; OR, INEFFECTUAL CONVIC
TIONS WROUGHT BY THE CROSS OF CHRIST. The Roman governor who sentenced the Saviour to death, and the Roman centurion who, as he saw Him die, cried, “ Truly this was the Son of God," seem at first sight to stand in very different moral relations to the cross of Christ. The guilt implied'in Pilate's share of the dark transaction of Calvary was immensely greater than that incurred by the subordinate officer who only superintended the arrangements of an execution for which he was not responsible, and into the reasons of which his duty in no way bound him to inquire. The former deliberately violated conviction under the impulse of worldly considerations, when he consented to the death of Jesus; the latter was only mechanically fulfilling one of the routine duties of his office, and, in the course of this fulfilment of duty, was visited with unwonted convictions of the innocence, the greatness, the superhuman dignity, of the Sufferer, at whose dying agonies nature seemed to shudder in sympathetic horror, and who “gave up the ghost” with a cry which, even to a Roman soldier's unapprehending ear, must have been strangely suggestive of triumph rather than of defeat. We cannot but feel that the centurion was nigber to the kingdom of heaven than the more dignified, and probably more intelligent, governor under whose orders he acted.
And yet these two men had one thing in common in respect to the influence exerted upon them by the scenes attendant on the crucifixion of our Lord. Both were brought into contact and communion, more or less close, with the suffering Saviour. In both this contact and communion wrought strong convictions respecting the character of Him with whom they had thus to do. In both these convictions seem to have proved ineffectual to the production of any permanent change of heart and life. That it was thus with Pilate is clear from his conduct in condemning Christ after he bad pronounced Him faultless. Convic
tions thus daringly insulted and belied produce no permanent fruit. And, so far as the history informs us, it was so also with the centurion. Nor, in all likelihood, were these the only ones who received from the wondrous spectacle of Christ crucified impressions strong and overmastering at the time, but transient, and unproductive of any lasting good effect upon their disposition towards Jesus and His salvation. Among the people who “came together to that sight,” and, “beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts and returned,” we may well hope that there were not a few whose hearts the feelings then aroused prepared to receive the message of Peter on the day of Pentecost. But must we not feel sadly sure that from many of those spirits the agitation of that hour passed quickly off, like the momentary ruffling by the breeze of the surface of some stagnant pool, leaving them dead as ever, far as ever from any real appreciation of the great purpose of the events they had beheld, from any living faith in “the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world”
Nor has this class of spectators of the cross died out with the generation which actually beheld the transactions of Calvary. The spirit of Pilate and the centurion still lives among the hearers of the gospel. There are many who hear or read of Christ crucified, and the wondrous story works conviction of its own truth upon their understanding, moves their hearts by its pathos, and engages thought and affection in admiring recognition of the Divine wisdom, power, and love, which it so transcendently expresses. Nay, more, they respond, in some measure, to its personal appeal; their conscience apprehends the condemnation it pronounces upon sin, and acknowledges the need of salvation which it implies in themselves. And yet these convictions and impressions come to nothing—nothing, that is, in the way of saving, renewing effect upon the spirit. They stop short of their legitimate results, fail to fulfil the promise which they seem to give. The bud and blossom appears, but it does not set and ripen into fruit. This is a state of things which would be well worthy of our attention, if we could regard it merely as a spiritual phenomenon; and it becomes intensely, awfully interesting, when we view it as involving questions which affect the eternal salvation or perdition of hundreds of our fellow-men.
That an immense amount of this ineffectual conviction is produced by the preaching of the cross we might certainly conclude from all that we know of the adaptation of the gospel to win and subdue the heart, taken in connection with a comparison between the number of those who come within its sound and the number of those who really yield to its power. Of the thousands who listen to the word of salvation, how few comparatively become true believers in Christ! These cannot represent all the spiritual impression made by that gospel, which is God's mightiest, most moving appeal to the sinner's heart. Hard as that heart is, there must be more than these who have felt, with more or less intensity, the power of this appeal. And when we have made the largest allowance which truth will allow hope and charity to make, for those who are followers of Christ without becoming