Mon, April 23, 2018

The Cost

So this was the cost
the price you had to pay for me
to be with me
to save me
to redeem me

You laid down here for me
Hung here for me
Died here for me

You laid down here for me
As they laughed at you
And said who’s hitting you
You laid down here for me
As they nailed you
Impaled you
You laid here as nails cut you, pierced you, raped you
You laid down here for me

You hung here for me as they mocked you
Jew King, here’s your crown so come down and be king
You hung here for me as your breath wouldn’t come
And the blood wouldn’t stop
and nails or no nails you still are God
and could have come down
and made the pain stop and made the laughs stop
but you hung here for me

You died here for me
As you said
it is finished
And now there is nothing left,
But the horror of this place
And I want to turn away, to walk away, to run away
To just forget without regret
All the horror of this place
Of the blood on your face
And the pain of the nails and the hole in your side
But I can’t turn away cause I need to be saved

And if this is what it takes for me to know you
To be with you
to find you
if this is what it takes for you to save me
Then I can’t look away
Cause I need you to save
this soul that cries out for you,
dies for you,
reaches for you
If this is what it takes then I all I can say is
Crucify! Crucify! Crucify!
Cause I need to be saved
And I

I can’t pay the cost

7 thoughts on “The Cost

  1. Robert says:

    Good poem. But just wondering why the use of the word “raped” in reference to Jesus? Any Bible reference for that verb on him? Would there be a better alternative word that readers may not be as puzzled over the use? Thanks.

    1. nailscars says:

      The word is used to described the forcible entry of the nails. Not specifically for the act of rape. Feel free to change the wording so that it works better in your specific church setting.

  2. Gregg Baker says:

    Hi there, I would like to use a slightly adapted version of this poem for our Good Friday worship service this year. Is that okay? How do I get permission? And what are the authorship details (author, date, other details)?
    Thanks.

  3. Acc says:

    Who wrote this, many people use it but none attribute it to an author. Thanks

    1. nailscars says:

      I know that you wrote this a long time ago, but this was written by me Shane Yancey. Feel free to attribute it as you want.

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I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.

About Nailscars.com

For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.