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Where were you?

27th March 2010

Where were you when the King of Kings rode into Jerusalem?

Were you among the disciples, cheering the King into His home town?
Did you cut down some palm leaves and lay them on the road in front of Him?
Did you take off your cloak and lay it down for His donkey to walk over?
Did you shout “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”?
Did you cry out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!”?
Did you worship the Lord your God that day?

Or did you stand with the Pharisees, calling for the disciples to be quiet?

Did you think that believing in Jesus is OK as long as you keep it to yourself?
As long as you don’t make a song and dance about it?
As long as you don’t celebrate Jesus Christ and proclaim His Lordship to others?

Or did you stand with the rulers, plotting to assassinate the Prince of Peace?

Or did you stay home, and shut your door, and try to live as if nothing significant was happening?

Where were you, a few days later, when the temple guards arrested Jesus,
when the Sanhedrin, and the King, and the Roman Governor, put Him on trial?

Were you with the government, trying to suppress the truth by silencing the Son of God?
Or were you in the crowd, shouting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”?
Or were you with Pilate, claiming “I am innocent of this man’s blood. It’s not my responsibility.”?
Or were you with Peter, lying to save your skin? Denying you’d ever met Jesus?
Or were you hiding with the other disciples?
Or were you with Judas, counting the pieces of silver?

Or did you stay home, and shut your door, and try to live as if nothing significant was happening?

Where were you when the soldiers mocked Jesus,
and spat on Him,
and tortured Him
with sticks and whips and a crown of thorns?

Were you with the soldiers, venting your hatred?
Or were you with the disciples, weeping?

Or did you stay home, and shut your door, and try to live as if nothing significant was happening?

Where were you when they nailed Jesus to a cross
and left him there to die in agony?

Were you with the chief priests, the scribes, the elders and the passers-by,
who sneered and said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He is the Messiah of God!”?

Or were you with the soldiers, who continued to mock Him,
saying “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
and cast lots for his clothing?

Or were you nailed to another cross, like the thieves?
Did you cry out “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”?
Or did you say, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”?
Or were you with the crowd who just stood there, watching?

Or did you stay home, and shut your door, and try to live as if nothing significant was happening?

Where were you when Jesus rose from the dead?

Were you with Peter and John, investigating the empty tomb?
Or were you with Mary Magdalene in the garden, meeting the risen Messiah
and crying out “Teacher!”?

Or were you with the disciples in the locked room,
when Jesus came and showed them the wounds in His hands and side?

Or were you with the soldiers, telling the rulers that Jesus’s body had disappeared?

Or were you with the rulers, bribing the soldiers to lie,
saying that Jesus’s disciples had come in the night and stolen the body?

Or did you stay home, and shut your door, and try to live as if nothing significant was happening?

And where are you now?