Taking It Deeper


I've read the story
I've seen the movie
I give to charity
And tithe my ten percent
These I remember
But I so easily forget
All these years never heard it like this
It should've been me
It should've been us
Should've been there hanging on a cross
All of this shame
All of these scars
Should've been stains that were never washed
Why do I hide
Why do you try
Over and over and over again
I guess it just leaves me saying thank God
It leaves me saying thank God, thank God
For the should've been
I live a good life
I love a great wife
Our kids are beautiful
We got friends down the street
If I'm so thankful
Why do I easily forget
Oh that you died for all of this
For this heart you changed
This soul you raised
My God for taking my place
Yeah yeah





This is a great song to come out of if you ever have a segment about coupons, or great local deals.   After the segment just mention that you’re reminded of the chorus of this song, because it’s about getting the ultimate deal.



  • Citizen Way is a band made up of two sets of brothers:   Josh and Ben Calhoun, and David and Ben Blascoe.
  • Do you ever think one brother blamed another when they got in trouble?
  • You know how it is with siblings: Mom asked “who spilled Kool-Aid on the carpet?” and David was probably quick to blame Ben.
  • This song is about “owning up” to the bad things we’ve done.
  • But more than that, it’s about the love that Jesus showed us by taking the punishment for all those bad things - all so that we could be a part of God’s family.


  • This song has a line in it that talks about our scars that should’ve been stains that were never washed.
  • Maybe you can sing this while doing your 15th load of laundry today. :)


  • Bob Goff in his book “Love Does” has a chapter about the “bigger and better” game.
  • It’s where you start with something of little value, like a dime, and keep trading it up for something bigger and better.
  • One person did it and ended up with a pickup truck!
  • This song is about the ultimate “bigger and better.”
  • Jesus giving His life for our broken ones.


  • My friend was driving in the rain the other day, and as he approached an intersection a car skidded toward him on the wet pavement.
  • He quickly sped up to get out of its path, but he wasn’t able to avoid a collision.
  • However when both drivers got out to inspect the damage, they couldn’t find any.
  • They’re thinking that maybe the car hit his back tire in just the right spot.
  • The car should’ve been damaged but it wasn't.
  • The Bible says that God’s grace is sufficient for life.
  • In other words, there are times when life collides with us, times that would damage us.
  • But supernaturally, the grace that Jesus gave to us from the cross keeps us from getting crumpled.


  • The last time my spouse and I got into an argument, I had to remember what the marriage experts say:   That we should use the pronoun “I” instead of “you”.
  • As in “I feel disrespected” instead of “you disrespect me.”
  • This song makes me think of that.   It’s about me owning up to the things I’ve done wrong.   It’s you and me saying ”I did wrong, God.   I should be the one being punished.”
  • God's answer is:  “I know... and I forgive  you because my Son, Jesus, paid for your wrong.”



    Scripture References

    Romans 4:7

    “Blessed are they   whose transgressions are forgiven,   whose sins are covered.”


    Colossians 1:19-20

    For God was pleased   to have all his fullness dwell in him,   and through him to reconcile   to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,   by making peace   through his blood,   shed on the cross.


    Colossians 2:13-14

    When you were dead in your sins   and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,   God made you   alive   with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,   having canceled the written code, with its regulations,   that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.


    Hebrews 12:2-3

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,   the author   and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross,   scorning its shame,   and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.   Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary   and lose heart.

    Your Own Experiences

    The life of a dad or a mom is full of unreturned sacrifices.   What are some of those that you can identify with in your role as a parent?   Cleaning up the house with no thanks?   Providing financially with no thanks?   Talk to your listeners about how you struggle with that.   Encourage them to thank those who make sacrifices.   This song is about us saying thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.


    There’s a verse about having a good life, a good wife, and friends down the street.   In other words, the singer is blessed here.   Talk about an instance where you forgot how blessed you were and instead you focused on what you didn’t have.   Compare it to this song because it reminds us that no matter what we do or don’t have, what we deserve is really a lot less.   All blessings come from God’s grace.


    What was the last sacrifice you had to make to do what God called you to do?   I bet the sacrifice wasn’t as dire as dying on a cross. Encourage the listener that God will keep them safe in the sacrifice He is requiring of them.   Here’s a good quote to go along with that from Catherine Booth, the wife of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army:


    Whatever the particular call is, the particular sacrifice God asks you to make, the particular cross He wishes you to embrace, whatever the particular path He wants you to tread, will you rise up, and say in your heart, "Yes, Lord, I accept it; I submit, I yield, I pledge myself to walk in that path, and to follow that Voice, and to trust Thee with the consequences"? Oh! but you say, "I don't know what He will want next." No, we none of us know that, but we know we shall be safe in His hands.  

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