A Light for My Path Devotional

Were You There? – Part 1

JOHN 15:13 (NKJV)
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Nearly every Easter, in some service or another, I hear the old spiritual, WERE YOU THERE? Deep in meaning and feeling, this song sung by American slaves in generations gone by, touched the heart of all who heard it. Today, that richness continues to speak to hearts and lives. The first three stanzas walk us through the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, asking a haunting question.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

To answer this question, author and Bible teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss emphatically cries, “Yes! You were there. I was there. We crucified Christ! It was for our sins that He hung on that cross. So it was for us that He prayed, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’”

While we were not there in body on that dreadful day, we were there in spirit as Christ took upon Himself God’s wrath for all the sins of all mankind. The Lamb of God was the ultimate sacrificial payment for our sins so that we might have forgiveness and find peace with God. “Amazing love! How can it be that Thou my God shouldst die for me?”

PRAYER: Precious Savior, You willingly laid down Your life to set me free from sin. This thought overwhelms me! No words from my lips, no praise from my heart will ever be adequate to thank You for Your great love.

WORDS TO PONDER:
“He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.”
–Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, And Can It Be That I Should Gain

By Ann Shorb
Copyright Ann Shorb, 2015

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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