There are days when everything seems to go wrong. Anger, despair, and frustration try to strangle all efforts to rejoice or give thanks in the midst of it.
With Easter Sunday just around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for us, and the unimaginable suffering he endured instead of the joy he left in heaven. (Heb 12:2) No matter how big or small your daily trials or on-going sufferings are, remember He who paid it all so that we can one day experience full joy in heaven. This hymn will help focus your thoughts on things above.
Go To Dark Gethsemane (by James Montgomery, 1771-1854)
Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with him one bitter hour;
Turn not from his griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
See him at the judgment hall,
Beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
See him meekly bearing all!
Love to man his soul sustained.
Shun not suffering, shame or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross.
Calvary’s mournful mountain climb;
There adoring at his feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete;
“It is finished!” hear him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken him away?
Christ is ris’n! He meets our eyes.
Savior, teach us so to rise.