There Was No Other Way (Poem)

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There Was No Other Way (Poem)

My name is Anne Peterson, and I write poetry to give hope. I remember in 1971 when I was a new Christian, I sat with an open Bible, and within one hour, this poem came to me.


I’ve tried so hard to understand what Jesus did for me

The Bible says that he came down and died to make us free

But as I think about the pain that he went through that day

I just can’t understand it, Lord. Was there no other way?


I read about the beatings; they beat you endlessly

A purple robe hung on your back; they mocked you heartlessly

They made a crown of thorns, and then they placed it on your head

But not to show you honor, but mockery instead

And such humiliation; they spit upon your face

A wooden cross laid on your back to bear in full disgrace

They ripped the beard off of your face and you were led away

With all that pain you undertook, was there no other way?


He whispers, “I love you; that’s why I died for thee”

He whispers, “I love you; that’s why on Calvary

I hung there and bled there, your sins to wash away

Believe me when I tell you this; there was no other way”


But, Jesus, in your nakedness you hung upon that tree

They nailed a sign above your head for all the world to see

It said you were ‘King of the Jews’ and though those words were true

They chose not to believe them, and they rejected you

They wagged their heads and laughed aloud as they made fun of you

But you said, “Please forgive them for the know not what they do”

They pierced your side; your blood ran forth, my sins to wash away?


Lord, I think I understand; there was no other way

You could have beckoned angels and come down from that tree

Instead, you chose to die so I could live eternally

You hung there and bled there, my sins to wash away

And, Lord, I understand it now; there was no other way.


Ann also recorded this poem in a podcast.  Listen to it here. 

About The Author
Anne Peterson
Anne Peterson
Hi, I'm Anne. I am a poet, speaker and published author of 42 Bible Studies as well as more than 30 articles with, a Christianity Today website. Two of my Bible studies are published in Bible Study Faith & Work, published by Thomas Nelson. My poetry is sold through gift stores throughout the United States and in 23 countries. I have written my memoir, Broken: A Story of Abuse and Survival, Real Love: Guaranteed to Last, and the author of three children’s books: Emma’s Wish, and The Crooked House, stories illustrated by her daughter Jessica. I’ve also written Lulu’s Lunch. Sonny Follows His Heart is still another children’s book, soon to be released, illustrated by my husband Michael. And Make Believe will be my first poetry book published. This book was written as I looked at the photographs which my daughter made and then wrote poems. I live in Peoria, Illinois with my husband Michael. We’ve been married for 39 years and we have two children and four grandchildren. I love telling stories and playing with words. I am a poet, published author and speaker, but the title I most love is Grandma. Blog: Facebook:
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