Today’s devotional is a wonderful poem. Please don’t just glance at it and move on; take time to ponder each line and make its sentiments your own. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Isaiah 53:3-4 ESV
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
AH, HOLY JESUS
Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by Thine own rejected,
O most afflicted!
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath 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 hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
For me, kind Jesus, was Thy incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life’s oblation;
Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion
For my salvation.
Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay Thee,
I do adore Thee, and will ever pray Thee
Think on Thy pity and Thy love unswerving
Not my undeserving.”
[Johann Heermann (1585-1647) Translated by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)]