I was there

Nathan Tasker sings about Jesus’ journey to the cross in a very personal way. He paints the picture of being there himself and allows those listening to him to empathise with this deeply!

I’d like to think if I was there
In the garden as You prayed and cried
I would have stayed awake for You

So You were not alone at that time

But in truth I can see
That although I stand here now
A part of me…

Was there in the garden, asleep on the ground
And You needed companions, there was no one around
And I’m sorry I left you, to the anguish and pain
And but for the grace of God, I’d fall asleep again

I’d like to think if I was there
As the crowd demanded, ‘Crucify’
I would have been a louder voice
Calling out to them ‘What is His crime’

But in truth I can see
That although I stand here now
A part of me…

Was there in the rabble, when the crime was declared
And I cried out for Your blood, ‘Let Barabbas be spared’
And I’m sorry I left you, to the mocking and scorn
And but for the grace of God, I hear my angry voice

Where you there
When they crucified The Lord
Where you there
When they crucified The Lord

I absolutely would’ve fallen asleep. I would’ve been a quiet voice in the crowd and I would’ve doubted his promise of resurrection! I relate to this song wholeheartedly.

In this article http://mikefrost.net/greatest-easter-painting-time/, Michael Frost reflects on a semi famous painting of John and Peter running towards the tomb on Easter Sunday. The painting captures such raw and deliberate emotion of fear, hope, doubt, anticipation, desperation etc etc. He talks about the journey from death to resurrection….the journey from Lent to Easter Sunday.

As I listen to Nathan Tasker’s song and reflect on the guilt that I’m so prone to feel so often, Michael Frost encourages me to set my eyes on Easter Sunday, and know that though I fail and doubt, the Saviour rises and redemption is here!

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