His Passion

As the time draws near to the official, calendar days to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, I’d like to share a few hymns/poems centered on Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice.  I certainly rejoice in the resurrection, the riches of His grace, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of Heaven!  But to His “Passion”, the depths of sorrow, rejection, humiliation, grief, and pain Jesus encountered for us, on these things, I will now look;  to glory in My Redeemer and reflect on how very much my own history hinges on the Cross.  

Today’s post is taken from C.H. Spurgeon’s hymnbook, Our Own Hymns: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship. [1]  (I diligently searched the Internet for a melody or recording of this, but found none.)  

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His Passion
by Joseph Hart, 1759

See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in His lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty hands,
And spit in their Creator’s face.

With thorns His temple gored and gashed
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back’s with knotted scourges lashed,
But sharper scourges tear His heart.

Nailed naked to the accursed wood
Exposed to earth and heaven above,
A spectacle of wounds and blood,
A prodigy of injured love!

Hark! how His doleful cries affright
Affected angels, while they view;
His friends forsook Him in the night,
And now His God forsakes Him too!

Behold that pale, that languid face,
That drooping head, those languid eyes!
Behold in sorrow and disgrace
Our conquering Hero hangs, and dies!

Ye that assume His sacred name,
Now tell me, what can all this mean?
What was it bruised God’s harmless Lamb,
What was it pierced His soul but sin?

Blush, Christian, blush: let shame abound:
If sin affects thee not with woe,
Whatever life is in thee found,
The life of Christ thou doest not know.”

 

[1] Joseph Hart. Our Own Hymns: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social, and Private Worship.  Compiled by C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892). Pilgrim Publications, TX.  2002.  Hymn 274

7 thoughts on “His Passion

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  2. That is a poweful poem! Just finished reading a little booklet by Chuck Swindoll about the death and resurrection of our Savior and Lord. It brought me once again to my knees to confess my sin and praise His holy name.

  3. I don’t believe I’ve ever read that before; it was beautiful. What a description of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! To think he died for us is almost more than I can comprehend, and the suffering he endured makes me cringe.

    Thank God for those nail-scarred hands of the Master. How horrible he must have felt on the day he gave his life up for us. Ridiculed and mocked, spit on and beaten; nothing could have been more severe, though, than knowing his creation had turned their backs on him.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Thank you for posting this beautiful hymn.

    I obtained a book of photographs from Mel Gibson’s “The Passion,” and it helps for me to force myself to look at them. It is very difficult to take in the suffering, to dwell on it, to read on it, to bring it into one’s heart and mind. But oh, so necessary!

    The beauty of the suffering Lord … no words can adequately describe it in our language. But this hymn you’ve posted is fantastically gorgeous and gives us one way to absorb and ponder and then to become grateful.

    Thanks for the moment of reflection to get my day started in the right way. 🙂

    Heidi Rafferty
    Harrodsburg, KY USA

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