I wrote this poem a few years ago after watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ for the first time.
While I was moved more than I can even begin to express by the portrayal of Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I was also struck by Peter’s agony at the cross.
As you read the words below, consider them not only from Peter’s perspective but from ours as well.
I stood, an onlooker in a sea of people
while You were shunned and shamed
I stood, loved and cherished
and though I didn’t understand, You did
so You stood, alone and accused
though not a sin had crossed Your path
You were to pay the price
for the sins that crossed mine
as Your innocent shoulders
carried Your wooden cross
through towns where onlookers
shouted hateful things
I stood there, too
not fully understanding why
but somehow trusting that You do
and as the nails that pierced Your hands
poured forth Your blood
my heart was pierced
with awe, with love, with wonderment
of how a perfect man
could love so many
that He would take the nails
to pay the price for my imperfections
and as they pulled You up upon Your cross
I fell to my knees
in agony of the price you paid
a perfect man
who suffered for imperfect me.
Dear Heavenly Father, like the song says, we will never know how much it cost to see our sin upon that cross, but it is my prayer that we would spend the rest of our lives trying. May we live with the death of Christ on our minds each day. May the comfort of Your power and the hope of His resurrection give us the strength to live lives that continually pour out gratitude to You. Let us never deny You, help us to never be ashamed, and make us bold that we would always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
“but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 10:33 (ESV)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” ~Romans 1:16 (NIV)
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” ~1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
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