At our Maundy Thursday service we sang "Go to Dark Gethsemane", one of my favorite hymns. The recording below includes the final, Easter verse, which we didn't sing of course. (So stop after verse three unless you want to be a liturgically incorrect cheater.) The phrase "turn not from his griefs away" has been with me all day. This is the value of moving slowly through Holy Week rather than rushing straight into Easter. We watch the process unfold. He suffers before our eyes. And, as the hymn says, the events not only show us our sin and God's love, but they form the contemplation of our own lives.
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;
O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs 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 has taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes; Savior, teach us so to rise.
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