Look On Him Whom You Have Pierced

I had the joy of penning this poem based on John 19 and Zechariah 12:10 and using it as the opening to our Good Friday Tenebrae Service. I pray that as you read it, God would give you the grace to continue to reflect on the cross of Christ long after Holy Week has come and gone.

A Service of Shadows

Of those who are gathered,
someone may ask, why do we meet here in the dark?

On this night, darkness illuminates,
and in the shadows our souls do see,
a crownless king, unwavering,
all his might bent on just one thing,
to choke down the fathers cup for me.

Look, see him there in the twilight garden,
torches, lanterns, weapons shining,
to flush out the Lord of glory,
yet he is not coerced so easily,
hear him say: no one takes my life from me,
I lay it down willingly.

Listen as the rooster crows,
as you deny him before his foes,
aren’t you one of his disciples– No!
and at dawn the darkness only grows.

Why do we meet here in the dark?
On this night, darkness illuminates,
and in the shadows we plead for grace to see,
and weep over the one who was pierced by me.

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