During this season of Advent we pause, or at least try to, and with an eye on Psalm 51, we cry out to the One who is preparing us for that Christ-coming-again, Christ-restoring-completely, Christ-reigning-forever event.
The centurion carrying out the execution stands face to face with Jesus and when he looks suffering in the face, he sees divinity. He was with Jesus as he suffered. I imagine that at some point following this “day at the office”, the centurion, too, found himself suffering.
Darkness disappears when light arrives. Light does not appear because darkness has been removed. Darkness is always at the mercy of light. It is not we who must remove our darkness to make room for the Light. It is the light and life of Jesus which ousts our sin.