Good Friday Ideas: Crucify

To me one of the big parts of the story of the cross is when the crowd chooses Barabbas over Jesus. In that moment when they all yell, “CRUCIFY!” I want to think that I would be different. I want to think that I would say, “we want Jesus and not Barabbas.”

But knowing what I know I think I would have to stand and shout for His death. It sounds harsh. It sounds wrong, but here is what I know.

I am a sinner.

Every time I try to forget that I find myself chasing after sin again. I am a sinner and because of that I deserve to die. The only way for my sins to be paid–the only way for me to have a relationship with God–was for Jesus to die.

I can’t believe that the King of kings would choose to suffer and die for me. But I do know that my whole life, all of me cries out for a savior so I have to stand with the rest and shout, “CRUCIFY!” because I can’t save myself. (For that same idea in poem form check out The Cost.)

I have this idea for a responsive reading that will probably never work, but if it did it would be pretty powerful. The reason that it might not work is the spirit of the readers. I don’t know if they are really going to be into the whole “crucify him” line, mainly because every responsive reading I have ever been a part of has the audience just sounding like a horrible monotone robot. But maybe if it is just one line it might work.

Crucify Responsive Reading

The audience has one line that they repeat after the main reader. It is in bold.

I have tried to be good enough on my own

Crucify Him

I have tried to fix my own life

Crucify Him

I have tried to control my thought, my actions, my speech, my life

Crucify Him

But at every turn I seem to fail

Crucify Him

I am wrong, messed up broken, and desperate

Crucify Him

I am a sinner plain and simple

Crucify Him

I am lost and lonely and empty inside

Crucify Him

I need something, someone to make me whole

Crucify Him

I need someone to make me clean

Crucify Him

I need someone to make me new

Crucify Him

GOD! I have tried to be good enough

Crucify Him

But I have failed again and again

Crucify Him

But I stand here in this place and say

Crucify Him

Because I need a savior.

Then silence, silence for so long that it hurts.  Close by singing “Once Again” by Matt Redman or “Wonderous Cross”

17 thoughts on “Good Friday Ideas: Crucify

  1. Luke says:

    The responsive reading thing is a cool idea…

    I thought of another spin on it. Between each "Crucify Him", what if it was Jesus talking?
    I love you more than you can imagine
    I’m spotless, blameless

    you get the point. I don’t know, I guess it sounded better in my head…

  2. The Average Youth Minister says:

    Or combine those two ideas. Jesus saying I am spotless and blameless and then us saying, but I am a sinner and so we still need to say Crucify.

  3. Pastor Bob says:

    Our Ministerial association would like permission to use "Crucify" in our Good Friday community service this year. We would give appropriate credit in the bulletin.

    I pray this will be possible.

    Blessings in your future endeavors.

  4. The Average Youth Minister says:

    Yes, everything on is free to use in any non-commercial way, no credit required.

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  6. Luke says:

    We’re planning to use this for Good Friday this year at Redemption Church Gateway in AZ. We’re actually having the whole service led by typed words on the screen (like somebody was typing to you). Crucify Him will be the very last piece of the service. Thanks!

    1. Dennis Ball says:

      Well I will be using it this weekend with our snowbirds on the beach here in Florida. Thank you for your ideas!

  7. nailscars says:

    That sounds good, let me know how it works. I still haven’t seen this reading used in a service.

  8. dale arnett says:

    Awesome. If I read right I can use this for our Good Friday service at Mason A.G. Thank-you, I believe we will have a powerful service.

  9. nailscars says:

    Be sure to check out Pastor Mike’s link above (click the title of his comment) to see a neat video he made.

  10. PI says:

    Greetings from Australia. We used “The Cost” and “Crucify” in our Good Friday Gathering this year. The result can be found on
    Thank you for your insight – it meant a great deal to many

    1. nailscars says:

      Thanks for the report. It always makes me smile to hear how God is using stuff from all around the world.

  11. fatherpastor says:

    Thanks for the idea! I used the basic idea but took it a different direction – contrasting the horror of cross with the glory and grace God reveals through it. I will be using this reading during our Good Friday service at the homeless shelter where I serve as chaplain. Here’s where I published my rendition.
    I credited the original idea to your blog. Thanks.

  12. Raquel says:

    Am sitting here reading this and I can’t help but worship and cry out to the Jesus Christ. This is indeed powerful and I will use this for Easter 2016. Thank you so much!

  13. Tim Short says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your responsive reading “Crucify.” I am a chaplain in a retirement community and we included your reading in our Good Friday service. It was very meaningful. Again, thank you and God’s blessings to you.

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