Read Matthew 27 today.

This chapter includes the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. It is a hard one for me to read straight through as there are many points at which I just stop to think for a while. My thoughts go off to questions, such as: If I had been there, would my response been like that of the people passing by who shouted abuse, or like the Roman officer who acknowledged Jesus to be the Son of God?
The reality is, I do not know what my response would have been. I can only respond today. One response might be to reject Jesus because He did not fit into the image I expected. Another might be to reject Him because He has not proven Himself to be worthy of my acceptance, He has not met my standards. Or I might choose to accept Him as the Son of God, acknowledging that while my knowledge and understanding is incomplete, it is enough for now. The latter was the choice of the Roman officer. It is still my choice. What is your choice?
Matthew 27:39-42, 54 NLT
[39] The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. [40] “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!”
[41] The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. [42] “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him!
[54] The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”