Those who haven’t experienced combat can’t understand what soldiers go through in the line of duty.

To always live with the reality of death, and to know you are an agent of death—even for a just cause—is a difficult thing. The life of a soldier is not an easy life. It isn’t now, and it wasn’t two thousand years ago. Yet, even soldiers hardened by the heat of battles and the struggles of military service can receive the hope and peace of God’s salvation.

Let’s look at this salvation in the life of one soldier—the Centurion in charge of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Crucifixion was a method of execution where criminals were nailed to cross of wood, and then left to die. Yet it is through this cruel execution that God offers all of us peace, hope and security—through the death of His Son, Jesus.