His Blood Be On Me

“When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.’ ” Matthew 27:24
“And all the people answered and said, ‘His blood be on us and on our children.’ ” Matthew 27:25

I understand the context in which the above words were spoken, but something in me wants to say “indeed” and “amen”.

Oh Lord, let Your blood be upon us and on our children, covering us and washing away our sins. Here’s a simple poem . . .


I would that there
had been no cross
no beatings, no blood

but then there would’ve been
no sacrifice, no atoning
no forgiveness of my sin

so I stand within the multitude
guilty of Your blood
and rescued by its flow.


  1. Thanks Deb for the reminder that
    His is the most passionate blood.
    Flowed because we’re loved by God.

  2. Deb,

    What good insight into the possible meaning of “his blood be upon us and our children” I’ve never thought of that. I get all judgy when I read those words – but just like your “waiting for our ride” last week – wow – I heart your insights.

    Emily Freeman at chatting at the sky prompted me to write another poem – I’m still a prose guy – but here’s what I wrote – it’s kind of relevant to your post

    Grace is…
    the forever piece
    the missing part the beat when the heart skips
    once inhabiting only light inaccessible
    residing now in hearts of flesh

    the majestic tower into which we run
    the rock concealing
    all iniquity
    all transgression
    every infringement on what is good, holy, love

    value bestowed
    Upon blemish
    and defect
    and baseness of old

    newness of life
    dawn bursts from black

    Reading you has helped me think up words like this – i heart your simple poems.

    Oh, and about 14 days till launch time. I’d love to have you read some entries ahead of time – to critique – I need feedback before the words become permanent – would you be so kind?

  3. “Flowed because we’re loved” is just so beautiful, sweet one! Thank you for blessing me with that today!

  4. The above is a wonderful poetic creation and comment. Thank you so much for bringing it here! πŸ™‚ And for understanding that we are all guilty of His blood, but all forgiven because of it too!

    I would love to read some of your entries. I must warn you though, I’m not good at critique. 😦 But I would try. I think you are a much better, deeper writer than I.

  5. Deb, how can I email you a couple of drafts? And if I didn’t think you were a splendid, really splendid writer I wouldn’t ask. I think your humility makes God smile. I read a bunch of blogs every day – so I can get the hang of this. I have recently begun reading from least favorite to most – so the further I go the bigger the kick I get. There are not many – including many “rock star Christian blogs” above yours (and many below yours). I think I will always heart stopping here.

    And you do read Ann Voskamp’s blog right? Her prose drips with poetry like butter on a stack of pancakes. It is simply the best writing I have ever read. My kingdom to write like that πŸ™‚ http://www.aholyexperience.com/

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