September 19, 2007

I attended a Ray Boltz concert... gosh... it's been years ago! I was probably no older than 10 or so. I can remember him singing a song called Watch the Lamb with so much emotion that it has become embedded into my mind. The song tells the story of the day Jesus died. I don't know how many of you have seen the Passion of the Christ movie. Jesus endured more pain than I can comprehend. The most amazing part of it is, He did it all for me. He did it all for you. He could have called out to His Father in Heaven and the beatings would have ceased. But He endured because He already knew how much good would come of it. I can only speak to my situation, and I know that I am praying that God would touch me. I am praying to my Father in Heaven that what I am going through would end. But the thing is, I am not God. I cannot see past today to know what tomorrow holds. I know that He promises that He will not allow something to happen unless He can work good through it for those that love Him. He knows exactly why I am facing this daily struggle. And He can stop it as He chooses. To know that He endured so much humiliation, dying a criminal's death, being beaten and spit on... and He did it for the people that were doing the beating. What kind of love is that? It was because of that day that I have hope all of these years later. The good that has come from such suffering has been more than enough for billions of people... and thousands of years later. We have no idea how what we face today will affect tomorrow.

I trust Him enough to know that good will come from this.

Watch The Lamb

By Ray Boltz

Walking on the road to Jerusalem,
The time had come to sacrifice again.

My two small sons,
They walk beside me on the road,
The reason that they came
was to watch the lamb.

Daddy, daddy,
What will we see there,
There's so much that we don't understand.

And so I told them of Moses
and father Abraham,
Then I said dear children watch the lamb.

There will be so many in Jerusalem today,
We must be sure the lamb doesn't run away.

And I told them of Moses,
and father Abraham,
Then I said dear children watch the lamb.

When we reached the city,
I knew something must be wrong,
There were no joyful worshipers,
No joyful worship songs.
I stood there with my children
in the midst of angry men,
Then I heard the crowd cry out,
Crucify Him!

We tried to leave the city
but we could not get away,
Forced to play in this drama
a part I did not wish to play.

Why upon this day
were men condemned to die,
Why were we standing here,
Where soon they would pass by.

I looked and said, even now they come,
The first one cried for mercy,
The people gave him none,
The second one was violent,
he was arrogant and loud.

I still here his angry voice
screaming at the crowd.

Then someone said there's Jesus,
I scarce believed my eyes,
A man so badly beaten,
He barely looked alive.

Blood poured from His body,
From the thorns upon His brow,
Running down the cross,
Falling to the ground.

I watched Him as He struggled,
I watched Him when He fell,
The cross came down upon His back,
The crowd began to yell.

In that moment I felt such agony,
In that moment I felt such loss,
Until a Roman soldier grabbed my arm
and screamed, you, carry His cross!

At first I tried to resist him,
Then his hand reached for his sword,
And so I knelt and took
the cross from the Lord.

I placed it on my shoulder,
And started down the street,
The blood that he'd been shedding
was running down my cheek.

They led us to Golgotha,
They drove nails
deep in His feet and hands,
Yet upon the cross I heard Him pray
Father, forgive them.

Never have I seen such love
in any other eyes,
Into thy hands I commit my spirit
He prayed and then He died.

I stood for what seemed like years,
I'd lost all sense of time
until I felt two tiny hands
holding tight to mine.

The children stood there weeping,
I heard the oldest say,
Father please forgive us,
the lamb ran away.

Daddy, daddy,
What have we seen here,
There's so much
we don't understand,
So I took them in my arms,
We turned and faced the cross,
Then I said dear children
watch the lamb.

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