Innocent man arrested in early hours of this morning. Local magistrate fails to find him guilty of anything. Now been sent to region’s Governor for ruling.
(Credit – Facebook posting by Chris Hoskin)
After being arrested in the place called Gethsemane, the Innocent Man was taken to the local law enforcers. After what passed for a trial, he was passed onto the Governor of the region, and the land was currently occupied.
The Governor could find no fault with him, however the crowd were baying for blood. At the local festival, the Governor would release a prisoner. He gave the crowd the choice of the Innocent Man or a Murderer. The crowd calls for the Murderer to be released and for the Innocent Man to be crucified.
Cecil Alexander wrote the following hymn about the crucifixion of the Innocent Man
There is a green hill far away,
Outside a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.
We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.
He died that we might be forgiv’n,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to Heav’n,
Saved by His precious blood.
There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven and let us in.
O dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him, too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.
Cecil F. Alexander wrote this hymn in 1847 as she sat up one night with her seriously sick daughter. Many times, traveling to town to shop, she had passed a small grassy mound, just outside the old city wall of Derry, Ireland. It always made her think of Calvary, and it came to mind as she wrote this hymn. She published it in her Hymns for Little Children in 1848.