Were You There?

        The Negro Spiritual song, “Were you There” evokes our senses to the death, burial, and rising again of Jesus, our Lord.  The tune is a mournful sound and the meter is slow moving.  The stirring words:  sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble almost causes one to want to shun the whole experience as just too depressing.  Ah, but without the remembrance we tend to skip through life as if Calvary cost Jesus little. If only at the Easter season we deliberately return to Golgotha, the Garden tomb, and the mount of Ascension it should stir the heart of Believers.  It should cause the unbeliever’s heart to tremble in repentance.  It should cause the believing heart to tremble with responsibility.

If you journal, use all of your senses as you witness the scene on Golgotha.  Matthew 27:27-50

What do you hear?  What do you see?  What do you smell?  Do you taste anything?  Is touch affected?

The Garden Tomb    Matthew 28:1-6. John 20:1-18

What do you hear?  What do you see?  What do you smell?  Do you taste anything?  Is touch affected?

Then move to the place where the disciples met the same evening of the Resurrection. John 20:19-28

Search the face of those in the room, think of how they feel emotionally and spiritually.  What decisions are being made in that room?

With all  those senses you have just used, now relate to   Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who love d me and gave Himself for me.”

Yes, it will take time to complete this exercise.  Time well worth the spending.  Spending time in the presence of the Good Shepherd is always tme well spent.

 

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