The Crowds at the Cross
by Daniel Allen
April 23rd, 2015

A few weeks ago, Christians around the world called a Friday “good” because of Jesus—His suffering and sacrifice for humankind.

Many offered to God a prayer like the following, adapted from the Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God,

We pray you graciously to behold the crowds,

for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed,

and given into the hands of sinners,

and to suffer death upon the cross.

Behold them—and us—and draw us once more

into the life that Jesus poured out through his suffering,

who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

for ever and ever. Amen.

I was in that crowd, as were you, the crowd for whom He was willing to suffer betrayal and crucifixion.

Thank you, Jesus, for your willingness . . .

for all you suffered . . .

for your total surrender . . . for the life of the world. Amen.


Daniel Allen is a leadership coach, teacher, and author. For more than two decades, he has helped young adults and emerging leaders discern their gifts and identify the unique ways that God is calling them to lead lives of influence. Daniel currently works with the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas to catalyze leadership formation and discipleship initiatives on nearby college campuses. He has a doctorate of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and is the coauthor of Nehemiah: Focused Leadership (Barnabas Resources, 2003). He lives in Dallas with his wife, Lainie. 

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