Finished

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He cried, “It’s finished!”
The Creator breathed His last
Death soon defeated

Behind the lines

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,”
and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
(John 19:30)

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
(John 19:40-42)

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay.
(Matthew 28:6)

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All of My Thorns

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Verse 1
What grace is this – I don’t understand
I can’t forget my part in nailing your hands
I should be the one crucified like a thief
Why should you die for me

Pre-Chorus
Surely this man was the Son of God

Chorus
The thorn in my flesh
Plus my sin and my pride
What else can I do
But give them to you
And all that I face
When I’m hurting inside
Please help me endure
Cause your grace is sufficient for…
All of my thorns

Verse 2
I’ve heard you care and you are kind
But my awful deeds are stuck deep in my mind
You said, “Father, they know not what they do”
Am I forgiven too

Bridge
I didn’t know I was on holy ground
When I forced it upon your brow
I just spit and laughed and knelt half-way down
And mocked you with my sinners crown

Behold Your King

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They beat Him savagely,
Mocked Him in all their scorn,
They crowned Him King with twisted thorns.
They dressed Him in purple,
A royal robe of spite,
Is this your King? “No, crucify!”

Behold the Man! Behold your King!
Suffering…

He is the King of glory,
Son of Man by virgin birth,
He is the King of glory,
Son of God beyond worth.

They gave Him a title,
But they erred on the sign,
He’s the King of kings for all time.
They placed Him in the grave,
But it would not hold Him long,
He appeared then rose to His throne.

Behold the Man! Behold your King!
In victory…

He is the King of glory,
Son of Man by virgin birth,
He is the King of glory,
Son of God beyond worth.

Crucified and risen,
Seated in all wisdom,
He reigns in victory!

Behold your King!
Behold your King!
Behold your King!

Behind the lines

Based on John Chapter 19, these lines attempt to capture how Pilate and the crowd viewed the King of kings and what happened to Him from the time Pilate gave him over to be crucified through His glorious resurrection (Chapter 20).

I wonder how many in the crowd yelling “crucify Him” saw Jesus for who he truly is after the resurrection?

So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
(John 19:16-22 ESV)

Today many still struggle with who Jesus is. The Bible says one day every knee will bow to Him and every tongue will confess He is Lord.

for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
(Romans 14:11 ESV)

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:9-11 ESV)

Is Christ your King?

The Long Night

stations-of-the-cross-712001_1920The sky bled like the Holy One,
“It is finished,” the day was done,
The Mourning Light had gone away.

The dew sat down for a long cry,
An evening song of woe arrived,
The sounds of His death were replayed.

Evil whispers deceived the wind,
The darkness howled, “This is the end,”
The long night had covered the Day.

That evening with tears in the dark,
They prepared Him with broken hearts,
The horrors of the cross still weighed.

They laid Him on the stony ground,
Tears and spices and linen bound,
They said, “Good-bye” and walked away.

The dew sat down for a long cry,
An evening song of woe arrived,
The sounds of His death were replayed.

Evil whispers deceived the wind,
The darkness howled, “This is the end,”
The long night had covered the Day.

A new sky would arise,
The dew’s tears soon would dry,
A new sky would arise…
Rise like the Son,
Rise like the Son.

Behind the lines

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him (Matthew 27:57-58 ESV).

Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:39-42 ESV).

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