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Lord’s Day 23, 2014


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

—Luke 23:34

Hymn LVII.
Looking at the cross.
imageJohn Newton (1725–1806)

In evil long I took delight,
Unaw’d by shame or fear;
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopp’d my wild career.

I saw one hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood;
Who fix’d his languid eyes on me,
As near his cross I stood.

Sure, never till my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seem’d to charge me with his death,
Tho’ not a word he spoke.

My conscience felt, and own’d the guilt,
And plung’d me in despair;
I saw my sins his blood had spilt,
And help’d to nail him there.

Alas! I knew not what I did,
But now my tears are vain;
Where shall my trembling soul be hid?
For I the Lord have slain.

A second look he gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid,
I die, that thou may’st live.”

Thus, while his death my sin displays,
In all its blackest hue;
(Such is the mystery of grace)
It seals my pardon too.

With pleasing grief and mournful joy,
My spirit now is fill’d;
That I should such a life destroy,
Yet live by him I kill’d.

Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.



Posted 2014·06·08 by David Kjos
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