A Hymn Devotional

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?


There are not many hymns that provide a first-hand account of the passion of the cross like this one. This hymn puts us at the foot of the cross, affording us a small, bitter taste of the powerful emotion of the crucifixion. And every emotion was present at the cross. Sorrow, joy, hope, despair, contempt, relief, anguish, pride, humility, anger, love. It was a defining moment for mankind. Yet only Jesus recognized the significance of the event. He paid a great debt, a debt that was not his own, but his childrenís - the same children who mocked, scorned and killed him.

Jesus knew he would rise again. He knew he did not have to die. Why bother? Why not use miraculous powers to stop the crucifixion. Why go through all of this human pain?

Jesus was born among us. He lived among us. And he died among us. He paid a price for us because he loved us. He wanted us to know that he understood and cared. Jesusí pain was very real just as our pain is very real. Jesusí death was very real just as our death is very real. But most importantly, Jesusí resurrection was very real and his promise of eternal life with him is also very real.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;

A number of hymns have posed the question "How can I say thanks?". The point is, we canít say thanks. If we had everything, all the possessions the world has to offer, and we gave it all to God as a sign of our thanks, it would still fall short of the gratitude we feel.

Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.


Dear Lord,

Our earthly minds struggle to understand all that you did for us on the cross that day. We owe everything we have to you, but more importantly, we owe everything we are to you. Thank you for paying a price we could never pay. Thank you for forgiving our sins, and loving us anyway.

Help each of us to contemplate your love for us. And to know that When I Survey the Wondrous Cross that the anguish and sorrow and pain you suffered was meant for me. And your promise of eternal life, love and forgiveness is meant for me, too.

Amen.

From the soon to be published "Hymn Devotionals"

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