It was the least I could do for him. I’ll tell you he looked pretty good to me in there today.
This notes a turn to the reader. The 1st Soldier acts as the faithful but the piercing of Christ’s side seems cruel. According to John’s Gospel, the soldiers broke the two thieves' legs as a means to kill them quicker. The sabbath was coming and they do not want to the men on the cross. However, when they get to Jesus he is already dead and so they pierce his side to make sure. Here instead of a cruel act it is seen here as an act of mercy.
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