April 7 – My Favorite Thing About Jesus Is…

One of my favorite hymns for Holy Week is Ah Holy Jesus.  Singing the words puts me in a state of deep inner reflection.  I find myself realizing how I am part of the crowd that called for Jesus’ crucifixion.  Even though I strive to “live rightly”, I still need God’s forgiveness and love which he freely gives to us all.  Thanks be to God!

Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended that we to judge you have in hate pretended?

By foes derided, by your own rejected, O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty?  Who brought this upon thee?  Alas, my treason, Jesus has 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 has sinned, and the Son has suffered;

For our atonement, while we nothing heeded, God interceded.

For me, kind Jesus, was your incarnation, your moral sorrow, and your life’s oblation;

Your death of anguish and your bitter passion, for my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee, I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee;

Think on your pity and your love unswerving, not my deserving.

Text: Johann Heermann, 1583-1647; tr. Robert Bridges

 

Submitted by Lynn Rupp

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One response to “April 7 – My Favorite Thing About Jesus Is…

  1. Lynn, this really hit home for me in last week’s adult Sunday School. We talked about who killed Jesus, and for the first time I realized that I did. Gut-punch. I hadn’t thought about it beyond the obvious of Judas, Pilate and the religious leaders. Then I realized that it had to be — they were simply the tools that God used to do his will, which will always be done. And His will is that we have everlasting life with Him. Thanks for showing me this hymn that sums it up so well.

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