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Were You There?

Weekly Rap-Up with Shai Linne

CJ Mahaney once said, “Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us leading us to faith and worship, we have to see it as something done by us leading us to repentence. Only the man or woman who is prepared to own his share in the guilt of the cross may claim his share in its grace.” Shai Linne, remembering narrative of the atonement asks “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” Our answer should be positive. Read as he explains.

This story starts at the climax. We find that time has lapsed – don’t mind that. It’s kind of like a night cap filled with divine acts. We zoom in the lens on Christ’s agony on the garden. Doomed for His friends – His tragedy for our pardon. Foreseeing the Father’s cup of wrath has Him stifled and weak. He’s sweating blood with His disciples asleep. The Prince of Peace knows the beef shall increase since the thief approaches with the soldiers and the chief priests. His arrest is not just – neither is the trial. While Jesus is being treated foul, He sees Peter’s denial. He’s sent to Pilate, to Herod, back to Pilate. The violence of humanity at its finest. So now He stands before the crowd doomed to die. An angry mob who’s yelling out, “Crucify!” The way they treat the Lord of glory is debased and it’s foul. But you miss the point if you don’t see your face in the crowd.

This story starts at the climax. We find that time has lapsed – don’t mind that. It’s kind of like a night cap filled with divine acts. We zoom in the lens on Christ’s agony in the garden. Doomed for His friends – it had to be for the pardon and delivery from misery of kids who speak wickedly, sinfully, inwardly slick with the iniquity. We see disciples sleep and mock today with a lot to say. But we do the same thing when we don’t watch and pray. Like Judas, we sell Christ out to get the treasure whether it’s the cheddar or forbidden pleasure. Like the chief priests, we want Christ to surrender, but we want Him out the way when He doesn’t fit our agenda. Like Peter, we have misplaced, fleshly confidence, but we’ll deny the Lord when faced with deadly consequence. Like Herod, we’re curious about Christ because He’s famous, but we quickly get bored with Him when He doesn’t entertain us. Like Pilate, we see Christ and find nothing wrong with Him, but when the world chooses the wicked, we go right along with them. Despite His kindness, we seek to do our Maker violence. The fallenness of humanity at its finest. So now He stands before the crowd doomed to die. An angry mob who’s yelling out, “Crucify!” The way they treat the Lord of glory is debased and it’s foul.But you miss the point if you don’t see your face in the crowd.

This story starts at the climax. We find that time has lapsed – don’t mind that. It’s kind of like a night cap filled with divine acts. We zoom in the lens on Christ’s agony in the garden. Doomed for His friends – His tragedy for our pardon. Foreseeing the Father’s cup of wrath – it has Him stifled and weak. He’s sweating blood with His disciples asleep. The Prince of Peace knows the beef shall increase since the thief approaches with the soldiers and the chief priests. His arrest is not just – neither is the trial. While Jesus is being treated foul, he sees Peter’s denial. He’s sent to Pilate, to Herod, back to Pilate. The violence of humanity at its finest. So now He stands before the crowd doomed to die. An angry mob who’s yelling out, “Crucify!” The way we treat the Lord of glory is debased and it’s foul. Ashamed, I bow because I see my face in the crowd.

Shai Linne - Were You There?

Lyrics from Were You There? by Shai Linne, a Lampmode Recordings artist.

Posted by Jacob Abshire on October 30th, 2009 - 6:22 pm
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