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Our Shame, His Cross

For this reason He was born
To reconcile men to His Father
Abandoned His glory above
Down to earth He came
To bear the cross of men
To define His Father's love
A love so strong to sacrifice Him

He opened wide His gates
To receive all who came to Him
Embraced even prostitutes and tax collectors
Sat at table to eat with them
To prove He came for their sake
Giving them a sense of His Father's love

He brought comfort to the wearied
He healed the sick and the lame
He brought the dead back to life
He set the oppressed free
To the hopeless He gave hope
Yet they did not accept Him
To them He was only the carpenter's son

His teachings pricked their consciences
But they hardened their hearts
His miracles baffled them
But they could not be bordered
Instead some linked Him to Beelzebub
And others still requested from Him a sign

One by one they went to Him
To test and to trap Him with their questions
One by one He sent them away
Setting them straight with His answers
Frustrated in their efforts, they accused Him
With unfounded charges, He was accused
Unknowingly bringing Him closer to the cross

With the drawing nigh of His hour
What He foretold came to pass
For thirty pieces of silver and a kiss of betrayal
Into His accusers' hands He was delivered
Before Pilate He was summoned, like a criminal
Though found guiltless they still demanded
Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

With the cross in view and the surety of victory
He surrendered to them and endured
Denied and alone they nailed Him to the cross
The people He came to save, nailed Him to the cross
With His blood streaming He paid the price for men
And prayed His Father to forgive them all

He died and was buried, held bound in the grave
But no longer than three days, His tomb was empty
He arose He arose He arose a victor over death
To some, the empty tomb is just a story
To others the fulfilment of the promise
A promise that lives on and on and on …
The man Jesus - His life and death

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