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AcaDisc #129- His Last Days by Cross Examined

Original Release: 2003 Cross Examined and Church Mouse Music
Available through Cross Examined
Producers: Church Mouse Music
Engineer: Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Music
Mastered by:  Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Music
Mixed by:  Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Music
Recorded and Mixed at: Church Mouse Studios- Erie, CO
Design: Crews Corner
Members: Tim Staggs - Bass
                 Jim Craine - Bass
                 Paul Schneider - Bass
                 Steve Tarnowski - Tenor and Vocal Percussion
                 Matt Eldred - Tenor
                 Calisse Staggs - Alto
                 Debbie Smith - Alto
                 Donna Craine - Soprano
                 Laura Eldred - Soprano
Narrative: Tim Kercher

Song List

What Will You Do?
Hosanna
Do You Believe in Me?
Father
Trial Before Pilate
Calvary
Mary's Song
What Kind of Man is This?
Rise Again/Hosanna (Reprise)
How Can You Say No?
What Will You Do? (Reprise)

What Will You Do?

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

All I had to give I gave
All I had to say Iíve said to you
What will you do?

All the tears Iíve had Iíve cried
All the pain I felt inside for you
What will you do?

Will you turn me down today
Will you up and walk away
Inside your heart youíll always say
Itís not for me

Laugh at me and turn me away
Say anything you want to say
But all Iím telling you is true
And all Iíve done Iíve done for you

Scriptural Reference:

"I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes."  1 Kings 14:8

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Hosanna

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Matt Eldred

Lyrics:

Narrative:
I remember the day I rode into Jerusalem on a colt, just as the prophet had said. For it was written, "rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion, shout, daughter of Jerusalem. See, your king comes to you, righteous, and having salvation, gentle, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Indeed, a great crowd had gathered and began to shout and sing, hosanna, hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. The people thought I had come to establish a new kingdom, and I had, not in Jerusalem, but rather in their hearts. Soon they would decide that my way was not their way, and they would cease to sing and praise their new king. For just as the prophet Isaiah described me, "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him. Nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted." Ah, but for those few moments when they did believe that the fulfillment of the prophets and the hope of the ages had come to them, for that brief moment, all of heaven and all of earth rejoiced!

Chorus:
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the King
Praises, praises, praises now we sing

Glory to the King of Kings
Glory to the Lord of Lords
Let our hearts and voices sing, forevermore (forevermore)

Repeat Chorus

Hope of all the ages now
Here we humbly bow before
Singing praises to Thy name, forevermore (forevermore)

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Narrative:
I heard the singing and praising fade away as quickly as it had begun. In a short time, the crowd would raise its voice again, but this time it would not be in praise.

Scriptural Reference:

"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."  Zechariah 9:9
"He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted."  Isaiah 53:2-4

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Do You Believe in Me?

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Narrative:
In those last days I tried so hard, once again, to show the people my Fatherís way. My compassion for them ran so deep. "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing." I even spoke in parables of the kingdom of God so that they might understand. But they would not hear. This is why I spoke to them in parables. Though seeing they do not see, though hearing they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah, ďyou will be ever hearing but never understanding, you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.Ē For this peopleís heart has become calloused. They hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. Sometimes I wondered if anyone had ever really heard or truly seen. The handful of men that followed me faithfully, had they really heard, could they really know and believe? During the last night we spent together, I tried so hard to help them understand.

Chorus 1:
Do you believe in me
And in the words I say
And in Him who sent me from above
Do you believe in my love

Iíve tried so many ways to show you my love
And show you who I am
Sometimes I wonder if youíve ever learned
Or if you understand

Chorus 2:
Do you believe in me (do you believe in me)
And in the words I say (and in the words I say)
And in Him who sent me from above (sent me from above)
Do you believe in my love (do you believe in my love)

This is my body that is broken for you
Never forget what Iíve done
This is my blood that is shed for you
This is what makes us one

Chorus 3:
Do you believe in me
And in the words I say (do you believe)
And in Him who sent me from above (in Him who sent me from above)
Do you believe in my love

Scriptural Reference:

"'You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; you will be ever seeing, but never perceiving.  This people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.'"  Isaiah 6:9-10
"This is why I speak to them in parables: 'Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'"  Matthew 13:13-15
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing."  Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34

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Father

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Narrative:
That night, all of my disciples, except for the one who betrayed me, pledged their love and devotion for me. Still I knew that in the end all would forsake me. I even told them, "This very night you will fall away on account of me, for it is written 'I will strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'Ē Peter said that even if it meant his death he would not deny me, and all the others likewise agreed that they too had such devotion. Knowing that my hour was near I went to a garden to pray, and these same men who were willing to die with me only moments before now found it difficult to stay awake and pray. But they would understand soon enough. That night in the garden was the most agonizing part of those final moments. My soul was overwhelmed with sorrow, to the point of death. And being in anguish I prayed more earnestly, and my sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground, and I prayed, my Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me, yet not as I will, but as you will. I had known for a time what my destiny on earth would be, but nevertheless, now that it was here I wondered, could I bear it, was there another way?

Father, Father, is there no other way
Father, Father, I know not what to pray
Iíve always sought to do Thy will
And that is my desire still
But why do I feel so alone
Such sorrow I have never known

Father, Father, is there no other way
Father, Father, I know not what to pray
Is there a way that you can see
To let this cup pass from me
But even while I spoke those words
Deep in my heart Your voice I heard

Father, Father, there is no other way
Father, Father, Iíll do Your will today

Scriptural Reference:

"'Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!' declares the Lord Almighty.  'Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones."  Zechariah 13:7
"Then Jesus told them, 'This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: "I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered."'"  Matthew 26:31
"Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.  'Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?' he asked Peter.  'Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.'  He went away a second time and prayed, 'My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.'"  Matthew 26:40-42

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Trial Before Pilate

Words and Music:  © 2003 Church Mouse Music
Voice of Pilate: Brandon Crews
Voice from Crowd: Ezra Elrod
Voice from Crowd 2: Jermaine Poulson
Voice from Crowd 3: Jordan Dean

Spoken Vocals:

(crowd noise)
(Pilate): What accusations do you bring against this man?
(Voice from crowd): Heís a liar!
(Voice from crowd): Heís a blasphemer!
(Voice from crowd): Thatís why we brought him to you.
(Pilate): Why donít you judge him yourselves?
(Voice from crowd): Weíre not permitted to put anyone to death.
(Pilate): Are you the king of the Jews?
(Pilate): Look, Iím not a Jew, I just want to know what youíve done.
(Voice from crowd): He says heís the Son of God!
(Voice from crowd): He said he was going to destroy the temple!
(Voice from crowd): He works magic and deceives the people!
(Voice from crowd): He thinks heís equal to God!
(Pilate): Do you hear these accusations?
(Pilate): What do you have to say?
(Pilate): Arenít you going to defend yourself?
(Pilate): I find no guilt in this man. However, you have a custom that I should release someone for you at the Passover.  Do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?
(Voice from crowd): No, not this man, but Barabbas!
(Voice from crowd): Yes, give us Barabbas!
(Voice from crowd): Give us Barabbas!
(Pilate): Iím bringing this man Jesus out to you so you may know that I find no guilt in him. Behold, The Man. Take him yourself and crucify him, I find no fault in him.
(Voice from crowd): Heís guilty!
(Crowd chants ďguiltyĒ, ďcrucify himĒ several times, then just "crucify him" several more times)

Scriptural Reference:

"Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?'  'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied.  When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.  Then Pilate asked him, 'Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?'  But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor.  Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.  At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.  So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, 'Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?'  For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.  While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: 'Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.'  But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.  'Which of the two do you want me to release to you?' asked the governor.  'Barabbas,' they answered.  'What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?' Pilate asked.  They all answered, 'Crucify him!'  'Why? What crime has he committed?' asked Pilate.  But they shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!'  When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd.  'I am innocent of this man's blood,' he said. 'It is your responsibility!'  Matthew 27:11-24

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Calvary

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Steve Tarnowski and Donna Craine

Lyrics:

I said that I would die for Him
I really thought I could
But there I was denying Him
I never thought I would
I failed the Lord (failed the Lord), I let Him down (I let Him down)
After all Heís done for me
And now Heís walking up a hill
A hill called Calvary

Chorus:
Calvary (Calvary), Calvary
Was it meant for Him
Was it meant for me
Calvary (Calvary), Calvary
Is that my cross Heís taking to Calvary

He found me in my sin and told me
Go and sin no more
And ever since that day Iím not
The way I was before
I only came
To thank Him for the life He gave to me
But there Heís going up a hill
A hill called Calvary

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: 'Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.'  And he went outside and wept bitterly."  Matthew 26:75
"And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left."  Luke 23:33 (KJV)

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Mary's Song

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1979 Going Holm Music
This song also appeared on Message to the Devil by Cross Examined.
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Narrative:
I had never known pain like I felt on that cross. In the darkest moment I cried out to my father, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me! Yet I was not alone in my suffering. As my mother stood before me and gazed upon her son, it was she who also suffered.

Is this the boy I raised
Is this the son I knew
Is this the one I loved
Why can't they love Him too

What has my son ever done to you
Has he caused you some pain
As I recall all He's shown is love
Why can't you show Him the same

This is the boy I raised (this is the boy I raised)
This is the son I knew (this is the son I knew)
This is the one I've loved (this is the one I've loved)
Why can't they love Him too

Oh what can I do, my son
Why can't they see what I know
Is this the way it must be
Is this the way you must go (is this the way you must go)

I'd gladly die in your place
If I could save you some pain
But I can see in your face
My death would not be the same

You are the boy I raised
You are the son I knew
You are the one I've loved
Why can't they love You too

Scriptural Reference:

"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.  From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me--holy is his name.  His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.'"  Luke 1:46-50

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What Kind of Man is This?

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Tim Staggs

Lyrics:

Narrative:
The last person I remember laying my eyes upon was a Roman centurion.  I thought, how strange, that this one who had caused me so much pain should be closest to me at the end.  Where were my disciples?  Where were those I healed?  Where were those I fed?  My eyes once again came upon this one who did not believe, but I knew it was for ones like this that I came.  For God so loved the world, that he gave me, his one and only son, that whoever believes in me shall not perish but have eternal life.  Perhaps, through all this, the centurion might also believe.

Iím the one who spat upon the Savior
Iím the one who mocked His holy name
Iím the one who said with all the rest, "Crucify Him"
Iím the one, Iím the one to blame
Iím the one who made Him go to Calvary
Iím the one who nailed Him to the tree
Even though I am the one who brought all this on Him
Heís the one who tells me He forgives me

Chorus:
What kind of man is this
Why does He care for me
Look what Iíve done to Him
I guess He doesnít see
That Iím the one to blame
I caused Him all this shame
What kind of man is this
What kind of man is this

Repeat Chorus

Truly this was the Son of God
I should have been the one to die
What greater love has anyone than this
That He would give himself for such as I

Scriptural Reference:

"When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, 'Surely he was the Son of God!'"  Matthew 27:54

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Rise Again/Hosanna (Reprise)

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
"Rise Again" also appeared on Til He Comes by His Image, Acappella Resurrection by The Acappella Company, Jesus Our Savior by The Sounds of Glory, and Signature Songs by The Sounds of Glory.
Lead: Paul Schneider and Matt Eldred

Lyrics:

Go ahead drive the nails in my hands
Laugh at me where you stand
Go ahead and say it isnít me
The day will come when you will see

Chorus 1:
ĎCause Iíll rise again
Thereís no power on earth can tie me down
Yes Iíll rise again
Death canít keep me in the ground

Go ahead and mock my name
My love for you is still the same
Go ahead and bury me
But very soon I will be free

Repeat Chorus 1

Go ahead and say Iím dead and gone
But you will see that you were wrong
Go ahead and try to hide the song
But all will see that Iím the one

Chorus 2:
ĎCause Iíll come again
Thereís no power on earth can keep me back
Yes Iíll come again
Come to take my people back

Chorus 3:
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the King
Praises, praises, praises now we sing

Glory to the King of kings
Glory to the Lord of lords
Let our hearts and voices sing forevermore (forevermore)

Repeat Chorus 3

Hope of all the ages now
Here we humbly bow before
Singing praises to Thy name forevermore (forevermore)

Repeat Chorus 3 (x3)

Scriptural Reference:

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."  Matthew 28:6

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How Can You Say No?

Words and Music: Mickey Cates © 1981 Straightaway Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Message to the Devil by Cross Examined and as "How Could You Say No?" on Acappella Classics 2 by The Acappella Company, Acappella Classics Longplay by The Acappella Company, Life by New Reign, and X-Changed by X-Changed.
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Thorns on His head, spear in His side
Yet it was a heartache that made Him cry
He gave His life so you would understand
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

If Christ Himself (standing here)
Were standing here (glory in His face)
Face full of glory and eyes full of tears (eyes, hold out His arms)
He'd hold out His arms with His nail-printed hands (nail scarred hands, how could you say no)
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Chorus:
How could you look in His tear-stained eyes
Knowing it's you He's thinking of?
Would you tell Him you're not ready to give Him your life?
Could you say you don't think you need His love?

Jesus is here with His arms open wide
You can see Him with your heart if you'll stop looking with your eyes
He's left it up to you, He's done all He can
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Repeat Chorus (with echoes) (x2)

Thorns on His head, your life is in His hands
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Oh, is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Scriptural Reference:

"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you."  Romans 8:11

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What Will You Do? (Reprise)

Words and Music: Dallas Holm © 1978-1979 Going Holm Music
Arrangement: Calisse Staggs
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Think of all the things Iíve said
Think how on the cross I bled for you
What will you do?

Will you turn me down today
Will you up and walk away
Inside your heart youíll always say
Itís not for me

Laugh at me and turn me away
Say anything you want to say
But all Iím telling you is true
And all Iíve done Iíve done for you
And now I guess itís up to you
What will you do?
What will you do?

Scriptural Reference:

"I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes."  1 Kings 14:8

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Tim Staggs

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