Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Meditation


Consider these words from the hymn "Ah, Holy Jesus", by Johann Hermann, written in 1630.

They are haunting words that declare the truth about my sin in relation to the death of Christ. I look forward to singing this tonight.

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by Thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee.
’Twas I, Lord, Jesus, I it was denied Thee!
I crucified Thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was Thy incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life’s oblation;
Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay Thee,
I do adore Thee, and will ever pray Thee,
Think on Thy pity and Thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

3 comments:

Pat said...

Yes, haunting words. I was very moved by them as we sang this last night.

Woody Woodward said...

Sorry we missed the service. We put 2089 miles on the car and burned up 95 gallons of gas.

Woody Woodward said...

Sorry we missed the service. We put 2189 miles on the car and burned up 95 gallons of gas. The miracle of miracles happened! Our daughter Kimberly, our 13 year old grandson and 8 year old granddaughter, on their own, attended Easter service with the rest of us. The Word went forth in waves of power!