I wrote this poem in 2003 and acted it in church during the Easter service. Similarly, I was worshipping in the service today with the song “O praise the name of the Lord our God…” As we sang the fourth verse, it struck me the reason for my worship was the price he paid. With tears rolling from my eyes I look forward to worshipping Him in eternity with my loved ones, I share my poem with you.
I remember today is a Friday, over 2000 years ago
You did it for me.
Yes! I clearly do, but wait…
Was I one of the soldiers that flogged you,
Gambled for your clothes,
And threw dices for each piece?
I even went to the extent of mocking you and offering you sour wine to my satisfaction
I made myself happy at the expense of your sorrow
Over my sins?
Or better still…
Maybe I was one of the crowds
That cried “Crucify him! Crucify him”
And yet at the cross
I stood watching
I was neither happy nor sad
I even went home with my deep-seated sorrow
For the weight of the sins
You had to pay for me
Come to think of it…
I think I would be better still
The Jewish leaders that wanted Him to die at all cost
I wasted a precious soul
To achieve my aim?
I falsely accused Him of the sins he knew not
I made the crowd that liked him so much
To turn against him to shout “Crucify him! Crucify him”
I went as far as turning Pilate and King Herod Judgment to please my terms
At the cross, I laughed and scoffed Him
And I called Him names
But at His death
When I saw the veil of the temple tear apart
I remembered what the scripture says
And I was torn apart myself
Oh! what a wretched sinner am I?
How could I ever be saved?
From all the guilts of my sins
And even of killing an innocent man
Where would I ever find peace?
Who will deliver me?
I searched and searched
I looked and looked
I cried and cried
Until on a Sunday morning
When I had to go back to the cross
And the way was shown to me
To the resurrected Lord at last
I met him
I pleaded with him
But all he did was to use his Blood to cleanse me
And he wiped all my tears away
And he said “I did it all” “I did it all for you, just for you”
Jesus came and did it all for you
Immediately I saw a light
And the guilts were taken away
I am so glad that Jesus loves me
My dear friends at times like this, during the Easter celebration season, do we reflect on the roles we played before the death of Jesus? Or we simply feel the soldiers, the crowds or the Jewish leaders are the ones responsible for the cross and death.
You and I are the ones responsible for the price He had to pay…This evening my daughter asked me; “How far is Golgotha from Jerusalem?” After I told her it was about 11/2 km, she exclaimed, “Is that how far Jesus had to carry the heavy cross for me?”
Bless her heart, she made pull out this old poem to read to them before bed.
Lord, teach us to love you the same way you loved us. So, we are ready to carry the cross and die for you anytime. Darrell Evans expressed my heart beautifully through his song “Beautiful Saviour” Listen and be blessed!
Thank you for reading and enjoying my blog about Easter, hopefully in my next blog we will be back to Chloe teenager emotional expressions.