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GOD n You: The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion by James Wheldon Johnson is easily my all-time favorite poetic work.

I memorized this piece as a child for oratorical contests across the state. The preparation was a family affair. My mother Bobbie Jean and grandmother Ms. Johnnie Mae spent hours coaching me on how to raise and drop my voice while flowing on the waves of this masterpiece as it transports you to Golgotha's hill.

This work brought the Bible to life for me.

I can only hope to impact the world as Mr. Johnson did mine.

On this Good Friday, I share his gift with you.



Jesus, my gentle Jesus,

Walking in the dark of the Garden —

The Garden of Gethsemane,

Saving to the three disciples:

Sorrow is in my soul —

Even unto death;

Tarry ye here a little while,

And watch with me.

Jesus, my burdened Jesus,

Praying in the dark of the Garden —

The Garden of Gethsemane.

Saying: Father,

Oh, Father,

This bitter cup,

This bitter cup,

Let it pass from me.

Jesus, my sorrowing Jesus,

The sweat like drops of blood upon his brow,

Talking with his Father,

While the three disciples slept,

Saying: Father,

Oh, Father,

Not as I will,

Not as I will,

But let thy will be done.

Oh, look at black-hearted Judas —

Sneaking through the dark of the Garden —

Leading his crucifying mob,

Oh, God!

Strike him down!

Why don't you strike him down,

Before he plants his traitor's kiss

Upon my Jesus' cheek?

And they take my blameless Jesus,

And they drag him to the Governor,

To the mighty Roman Governor.

Great Pilate seated in his hall, —

Great Pilate on his judgment seat,

Said: In this man I find no fault.

I find no fault in him.

And Pilate washed his hands.

But they cried out, saying:

Crucify him! —

Crucify him! —

Crucify him! —

His blood be on our heads,

And they beat my loving Jesus,

They spit on my precious Jesus;

They dressed him up in a purple robe,

They put a crown of thorns upon his head,

And they pressed it down —

Oh, they pressed it down —

And they mocked my sweet King Jesus.

Up Golgotha's rugged road

I see my Jesus go.

I see him sink beneath the load,

I see my drooping Jesus sink.

And then they laid hold on Simon,

Black Simon, yes, black Simon;

They put the cross on Simon,

And Simon bore the cross.

On Calvary, on Calvary,

They crucified my Jesus.

They nailed him to the cruel tree,

And the hammer!

The hammer!

The hammer!

Rang through Jerusalem's streets.

The hammer!

The hammer!

The hammer!

Rang through jerusalem's streets.

Jesus, my lamb-like Jesus,

Shivering as the nails go through his hands;

Jesus, my lamb-like Jesus,

Shivering as the nails go through his feet.

Jesus, my darling Jesus,

Groaning as the Roman spear plunged in his side;

Jesus, my darling Jesus,

Groaning as the blood came spurting from his wound.

Oh, look how they done my Jesus.


Weeping Mary,

Sees her poor little Jesus on the cross.


Weeping Mary,

Sees her sweet, baby Jesus on the cruel cross,

Hanging between two thieves.

And Jesus, my lonesome Jesus,

Called out once more to his Father,


My God,

My God,

Why hast thou forsaken me?

And he drooped his head and died.

And the veil of the temple was split in two,

The midday sun refused to shine,

The thunder rumbled and the lightning wrote

An unknown language in the sky.

What a day! Lord, what a day!

When my blessed Jesus died.

Oh, I tremble, yes, I tremble,

It causes me to tremble, tremble,

When I think how Jesus died;

Died on the steeps of Calvary,

How Jesus died for sinners,

Sinners like you and me.

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Phillipa also the Founder of ilooklikeLOVE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization providing diaper assistance to families in need and opportunities for mothers to empower themselves.

Look for her upcoming book,

GOD n Me: Finding My Place in Forever.


About Phillipa



Phillipa Williams has dedicated her life to building God’s kingdom. A former programs director for new member and Christian education with over 36 years’ experience in leadership and discipleship, she has equipped thousands to serve God and community.

She is the Founder/CEO of GOD n Me International, a faith-based social enterprise equipping and inspiring others for spiritual intimacy, transparency, and destiny. Her blog,, was named one of the "Top 10 Black Christian Blogs, Websites, Newsletters To Follow in 2019“ by In Spring 2022, Phillipa published her first book, GOD 'n You: Finding Your Place in Forever. She also completed the licensing and ministerial requirements at the Potter's House School of Ministry in Dallas, Texas.

An advocate for women and children, Phillipa founded and serves as Executive Director of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ilooklikeLOVE, Inc.. ilooklikeLOVE works to eradicate early childhood poverty through diaper assistance and capacity building for new mothers.


She is the proud parent on one adult son, Kenneth.

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