He Gave It

In honor of Easter and celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus, here is a song I wrote back in college after seeing the movie, End of the Spear. When thinking about Easter, the crucifixion is one of the first things that comes to mind. If you’ve never read about the physical pain that Christ endured on the cross, I would recommend reading The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur, or The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. The term “excruciating” was created to describe the pain of being crucified because no other word could describe it. When we read about what happened to Jesus, it’s easy to think that He was at the mercy of Pilate and the Roman soldiers; but by all accounts, He went to the cross willingly. He sacrificed his own life as a substitute for the penalty that I deserve–that we all deserve. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).” No one took Jesus’ life–He gave it. (Click HERE to listen to a recording I uploaded to MySpace after Elly recorded me in a recording studio at Emporia State University in 2006 (She was a digital recording major). I don’t claim to be a great singer, but I do believe this song was divinely inspired.)


He Gave It

It was His plan since before time

to send His son to become mine

to give His life—an offering

to take my sin and wash me clean


No surprises when they came

He humbly accepted all that pain

nailed to the cross and crowned with thorns

as people shouted mocks and scorns


No one took my Jesus’ life

He gave it

He gave it


How could I know what He went through

As he suffered through and through

He died upon that cursed tree

and gave His life freely


Atop the Skull was not the end

He was laid down, but rose again

One day I’ll rise and join my king

Jesus Christ, His Majesty


No one took my Jesus’ life

He gave it

He gave it


It was His love that put Him there

The price is paid, no debt to bear

It was His joy to set us free

So we may live eternally


No one took my Jesus’ life

He gave it

He gave it


Jesus, no one took your life

You gave it

You gave it

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