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It Should Have Been Us
by Jonathan Boustead
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It should have been us who paid the price, We’re the ones who committed the crime;
After all, aren’t we the ones who shout: “The criminal must pay the fine!”
You see, in our minds we seem to think up, A whole list of “don’t look at me”’s
“It wasn’t me. It was her, or him and them. Maybe it was even these”

You see, Christ came to save the sinners; The good, the bad and the fiend,
The old, the lame, the wild, the tame, And all those in between.
He was not hanged, He was not shot, He was not even drowned.
No, His was the most excruciating method of execution to be found.

He was spat at, and beaten with fists and kicks, And the whips tore off His skin.
You see, what they used were leather whips, with metal and bone embedded in.
From top to bottom, they lashed at Him, From His neck to His feet on the ground,
But their work seemed to be uneven, so they turned His body around.
They did to His front as they had to His back, and tore His beard from it’s place,
“marred beyond all recognition” was what they said of His face.

As if this was not enough, they thrust a crown upon his head,
But this was not made of Kingly jewels, rather, woven thorns instead.
Deeply in His skin it sat, until the blood streamed down His face,
And the man whom the cross was really meant for, watched Jesus take his place.
For Barrabas was meant to die that day, he was a murderer and he was a liar.
But it was custom for a prisoner to be released, and they chose him over the Messiah.

The verdict was made, and Jesus was forced, to carry His cross away,
Up to the place where He was die, and they whipped Him along the way.
Nails they drove deep into His feet, then through our Saviour’s wrists,
They knew exactly what they were doing, His median nerves they did not miss.
After everything they did to Him, and what they put Him through,
Our Lord’s response was “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”.

“It is finished” Jesus said, those were the final words He cried.
And to check He was dead, a spear instead, was thrust into His side.
This story may seem graphic in detail, But it is the greatest news one could know.
Because on that cross, He bore our sins, so into perfection we could go.
We should have paid for our own sin, Wouldn’t you agree?
“The criminal should always pay the fine, for his own iniquity”?

Aren’t you glad that we have a King who saw a better way!
He took on the sins of all the world on that eventful day.
So Jesus paid the price for us, we can be forgiven and we can be free.
What me must do is repent and believe, for only He has the victory!

So don’t be a slave to the world you know, but be a servant for Jesus Christ.
For into glory you will go, if you believe on His sacrifice.
I thank the Lord for His death and resurrection, and can’t help but ask Him why!?
Why He would die so I may live? He did it for you and I.

Before I go, let me challenge you; Please think on this one thing,
You have the choice, to die with the sinners, Or live with the risen King.
“What’s the catch?” I hear you ask, “What am I to do?”
Repent and believe on Jesus Christ, Is what you need to do.
You can grapple with this very thought, until your blue in the face,
But nothing will ever change the FACT that Jesus died in your place.

So last but not least, say to the Lord; “Jesus, I’m a sinner through and through,
What could I possibly be worth, to One as Holy as You?
I can’t be right with God without You, for You are the only way.
So I thank You Lord that I am included, in those You died for that day” Amen.

© Jonathan Boustead 2010

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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