Had Christ Said ‘No’

Had Christ refused, His blood to shed,
Refused to bow His sacred head,
Had Jesus simply said “Oh, no.
Up Calvary’s Hill I will not go.”

Had Jesus simply said, “Not I,”
When called upon to bleed and die.
“I will not bear the sins of those
Who stripe my back and part my clothes.”


“Not so, I say, no way will I
Hang bleeding ‘twixt the earth and sky,
And hang in shame till I be dead,
A crown of thorns placed on my head.”

“No way will I become their sin,
A sacrifice for evil men.
While they stand mocking up at me,
My body racked with agony.”

“I will not climb Golgotha’s hill,
And yield unto my Father’s will.
I think, instead, that I shall go
To some safe place that they don’t know.”

But these are not the words He said;
He simply bowed His sacred head,
And there upon Mount Calvary,
He chose to die for you and me.

But had not Jesus chose to die
There’d be no hope for you and I.
We’d not be free nor be made whole,
From scarlet sins that stain our soul.

Had Christ not chose to shed His blood,
And plunge believers ‘neath the flood,
That trickled down at Calvary,
There’d be no hope for you and me.

But, oh, the awful journey made,
And, oh, the awful price He paid,
That you and I might be set free
To dwell with Him, eternally.

It would be quite easy to understand Christ’s sacrifice had He chose to give
His life for righteous men. But the fact is, He chose to lay down
His life for the ungodly. Loving us to much,
He simply by His action said, “Die for you? Of course I will.”

William Raymond Waterman, Sr.

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10 thoughts on “Had Christ Said ‘No’

  1. Thank you, Bill, for this poetic reminder of just what the Lord Jesus Christ did for love. He said in 1 John, that we ought to love one another and if we love one another we ought to lay down our lives for one another. Jesus showed how very much He really did love us. He didn’t say NO.
    For, ALL the promises of God are YEA and AMEN. Thanks for a thoughtful poem.

  2. Thank you MG. It means a lot to know that someone is able to derive something from my poetry. Also allow me to say how nice it was to have met you an the others at the school. God certainly placed some lovely Christians ladies in that part of Virginia.

  3. This poem makes you realize that Jesus really did have a choice and He chose us over Himself. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and giving us much to be grateful for.

  4. This week I had the privilege of seeing “Jesus Christ Superstar” and I must say when Ted Neeley portraying Jesus hung on the cross with the full effects of theatre is was astounding. I saw this play with Ted Neeley 30 years ago when it first played and it was powerful then and seemed even more so this week. My son was yet to be born 30 years ago and I had the pleasure of taking him for his 30th Birthday this week. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

    Bill, your poem likewise portrays such profound love that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, showed with power when He gave His life for us at Calvary. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I have just read this awesome poem. Bill, your gift of writing poetry; especially this one, allows the reader to see a picture, of God’s real love! Thanks, for sharing it!

  6. I am looking forward to reading more of Bill’s poems on thedailylily.org. Keep them coming, Bill. Great insight into God’s heart. Thanks, again.

  7. Thank you Bill for this poem of “LOVE” and “CARE” for the Unlovely (filled with sin) people by Jesus. Choice – He did have it – but as Max Lucado’s title of one of his book says, “HE CHOSE THE NAILS”. Our Savior humbled himself that we may live. How awesome. Loving us a sinful breed, but not the sin. Seeing past our filthy sin rags to the hope of what we could become without the rags that entangle us. In the Savior’s outreach of LOVE he never thought of self but only setting us free. He didn’t only stop there but gave us a companion and comforter to guide us on the right path until someday we are reunited. Thank you again for such a beautiful poem of choice and HOPE and reminder of all that Jesus has done for us.

  8. In one her devotionals, Beth Moore states, “His request (Father, forgive them) baptized the crude wood for its divine purpose.”
    And I would add, His blood baptized the nails and the cross unto our redemption.

  9. To think we were in His thoughts, heart and choice even before the world began.
    “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Eph 1:4-8

  10. The lyric goes….”what HE did there brought hope from despair”. Yes! I read in a MOODY DEVOTIONAL, ” JESUS IS ALL ACTION, ALL SUBSTANCE…ZERO HYPE”. Amen!

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