WERE YOU THERE?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

   

Disturbing are the words of that old Negro spiritual, “Were You There?”   

Right away, we declare, NO, of course not. How could I, or anyone else living today, have had anything to do with that  which occurred so many years ago?
Listen, I want to make a confession to you, I WAS THERE.  I was there when they crucified my Lord. I was there when they nailed Him to the tree.  I was there when they pierced Him in the side. I was there when they laid Him in the tomb. O sometimes, it causes me to tremble, tremble.  I was there because sin was there. Sin crucified Jesus.  I am glad that I was there, for there at the cross I first saw the light. There upon the cross I saw the hope of my salvation.  There at the cross I realized that “God so loved me that He gave His only begotten Son, that if I believe in Him, I should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Yes, I was there, the fickle mob was there, immoral Herod was there, coward Peter was there, greedy Judas was there, prideful Nicodemus was there. In fact, the truth of the matter is, SO WERE YOU THERE.  We all had a part in the crucifixion of Jesus.  Our sins made Him go to the cross.  He died that we might have life, abundant and eternal.   

What a blessing it was when Jesus said, “It is finished.”  That cry from the cross says it all.  Our salvation is a done deal. He paid the price for sin, so that we need not ever face separation from the presence of God.

                           “It Is Finished”
“The scuptor laid his tools aside; unfinished though he was, he died.
The artist, with his work, undone, laid down his brush at set of sun.
The writer, with his tale half told, no longer to his life could hold.
The farmer put away his plough, sod still unturned; he’s resting now.
God’s Son alone, triumphant died, for “It is Finished” Jesus cried.
The price is paid the battle won, the work of great salvation done.
Because He finished all for me, complete in Him I know I’ll be.”    
     Ellen McKay Trimmer

Christ’s work in the flesh is finished.  OURS IS NOT.  Jesus leaves for us the sacred task of declaring and demonstrating the Good News of the love and truth of God.

2 Responses to “WERE YOU THERE?”

  1. Thank you Max for this reminder ! Yes I was there too. I am so thankful that I have the promise that one day I will be with Jesus ,and all those that believe and trust Him will be with Him too! We serve a living LORD ! I love Easter !
    Love, Joann

  2. I cannot add one thought to the message above and to what is written in the HOLY Scripture. It is such a wonderful message that I wish the whole world would embrace it. Many people are missing out on this great message.of salvation.The day will come when “every knee will bow before the KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS.”
    Keep putting out the message, Max in hope that someone may read it and learn of the greatness of our GOD and HIS offer of salvation.

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