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    "Too Small A Price" Lyrics

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    I awoke to hear the jailer turn the key and push the door
    'Get out here!' he shouted, but I stayed there on the floor
    Frozen in the terror that rose and filled my brain
    I knew what they intended; I could not face the pain

    Then soldiers came into the cell and dragged me to the yard
    They threw me down before a cross and brought the whip down hard
    'Carry it!' they shouted, as I struggled to my feet
    I put my shoulder under it; dragged it to the street

    I stumbled through a wall of screams as they drove me through the gate
    It seemed that thousands lined the streets, their voices filled with hate
    Like a wolf pack in the night that moves in for the kill
    They closed the gap and followed us as we started up the hill

    And it seemed I'd barely reached the top when they grabbed me from behind
    They threw the cross down under me and tied the ropes that bind
    The arms close to the beams as they nailed the feet and hands
    And they raised the cross up in the air and dropped it in it's stand

    Through a blur of pain I saw the cross there next to mine
    There were people all around it so I looked to read the sign
    It was nailed there up above His head so the world could see the news
    That the man who seemed so helpless there was the King of all the Jews

    The crowd that stood around His cross made jokes about His name
    They shouted, laughed and spat on Him so I joined in the game
    I said, 'Hey! If you're the King why don't you get us down from here?
    The taunt just sounded hollow and it echoed in my ears

    'Cause He looked at me with eyes that seemed to reach into my heart
    They shone a light on all my lies and tore my life apart
    There was more that lay behind His gaze than simply blood and clay
    But knowing was too much for me; I had to look away

    Then I chanced another look at Him as He was looking down
    Where the soldiers who'd just crucified us drank there on the ground
    And although He spoke them quietly, somehow His words came through
    He said 'Father, please forgive them; they don't know what they do'

    Then as if they'd heard Him speak, the crowd began to roar
    Whipped to frenzy by the priests who urged them on to more
    But the worse the accusations, now, the plainer I could see
    The guilt of the accusers - not the One there next to me

    Then the man upon the other cross began to curse and swear
    But his voice was filled with venom as he hurled it through the air
    When all the horror that was in him and had laid his life to waste
    Came out in every syllable he flung in Jesus' face

    And Jesus only looked at him, but something rose inside of me
    And in spite of all that watched us there, it couldn't be denied
    Because His righteousness and innocence were shining bright and strong
    I just couldn't keep my silence and that cursing still went on

    I cried out, 'Don't you fear the wrath of God even at the end?
    You'll curse us both into the pit - is that what you intend?
    We're only getting what we're due - we've sinned our whole lives long
    But don't you talk to Him that way - He's done nothing wrong!'

    Then with all my courage, in a voice not quite my own
    I asked Him 'Lord, remember me when you sit upon Your throne'
    He answered me and, even then, His love was undisguised
    He said 'Before the sun has set today, you'll be with Me in Paradise'

    Well the shouts and curses did not stop even when the sunlight ceased
    But somehow in the midst of it, my soul had been released
    And though the agony continued, it was still too small a price
    To be allowed to hear those words, and to die beside the Christ!
    • submitted on March 25th, 2006
    • corrected on May 31st, 2007

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