July 4

Back to the Cross: Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

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Willie Nelson (wideopencountry.com)

Willie Nelson has recorded hundreds of songs through the decades of his musical career. Each song has a different story and different rhythms, but the signature twang remains in his voice that continually makes him a beloved singer and songwriter. Willie may have been known as a notorious weed smoker, but he has a long history of playing great country music that heaves at the soul.

Nelson rendered his moving cover of “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” during a televised tribute to the great Johnny Cash. The message of the song brings us back to that redemptive moment, where our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Such profoundly religious music will always be controversial on televised shows, but Willie did not care about what anyone may say. His singing can make an atheist listen to his gospel songs.

Wait a minute, did you ever know that Willie Nelson worked as a Bible salesman before he became a full-time musician? Hmm… I hope that added to your buckets of information about our favorite country artist.

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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

The hymn with a powerful message was written and first published in 1899. According to research, the song was composed by the 19th century African-American slaves. And after forty years, the tune was included in the Episcopal Church hymnal. It holds the record as the first spiritual song to be enlisted in any major American hymnal.

The Cross that Bears It All

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one, if not the most, heartbreaking and life-changing events that shook heaven and Earth. This was the day when God sacrificed His only begotten Son for the salvation of humanity. May we take note of the fact that the descriptions we read about the sufferings Jesus undertook were not exaggerated. In fact, no words can describe how much pain He went through for the redemption of our race.

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The Cross (image from Crosswalk.com)

May we then continue to encourage one another to stay firm with our faith however heavy our burdens are. Remember that Christ died for you, just lay everything at the foot of the Cross. Again brothers and sisters, keep the faith.


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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord, Willie Nelson

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