I actually won first prize in a Christian poetry contest on the website “www.writing.com!” My name on the site is “Neeks.”
Here is the prompt and my entry follows:
In the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” during the crucifixion scene they accurately portrayed what would have happened. When the centurion thrust the spear into Jesus’ side, they showed blood and water pouring from the wound and some got on the centurion. We know there is power in the blood of Jesus, pure saving power. In a poem, the form of your choice, show me what the centurion would have felt at that moment. Did he see Jesus as the Christ? Did he see the sin in his own life? Did he realize how unworthy he was of God’s saving grace? What went through his mind? Use imagery and emotion to depict the scene, and what the centurion must have felt. What would you have felt if you were him?
He rode into town with conviction they saw,
the centurion atop his great steed.
Seasoned by battle and enforcement of law,
he lived by the soldiers creed.
The Jewish court did malign and debase,
demanding that something be done.
Pontius reluctant, washed his hands of the case
and turned over the The Father’s Son.
The centurion watched as Jesus was nailed,
on the cross he had borne through the streets;
thrusting a spear in His side as He hung there impaled
gave the soldier a sense of defeat.
For the blood and the water that spilled from the wound
splashed down on the helmeted head.
Centurion’s part here would be over soon,
“It is finished,” Lord Jesus had said.
The soldier’s eyes were opened that day,
now washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Wallowed in sin he did kneel to pray
begging forgiveness of the Great I Am.
It became hard to catch his breath
as the ground then shook and roared.
He saw the wonders attending the death
and knew this man was his Lord.
Let us hope that he has been renewed
in that land where there is no strife;
where sinners such as him, it’s true,
can have everlasting life.
PS: Thank you Megan, Sister Carolyn and my friends at work who reviewed this for me!