LORD JESUS, IN YOUR SUFFERING-A POEM

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LORD JESUS, IN YOUR SUFFERING.
1.

Lord Jesus, in your suffering on the cross, you looked up to the sky;
With your dying breath, you prayed for those who wanted you to die.

You willingly suffered bitter pain and punishment in humanity’s place;
Though blooded and bruised, holy love shines from your sacred face.

Holy Jesus, you suffered the pangs of hell to win our soul’s release;
From your holy wounds, flows our pardon, redemption, and peace.

II.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Luke 23:34

O Jesus, have mercy upon us, for we have often spurned and rejected you;
But in love you prayed; “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Jesus was mocked as he hung on the cross by the people full of unbelief;
But Jesus, when we see you, may the thought of our sins move us to grief.

III.

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:43

On a cross was a thief named Dismas, who recognized his need for Christ;
Because of his faith, Jesus said; “Today, you’ll be with me in Paradise.”

May we too see our sins and with contrite hearts see our need for Christ;
And may we yearn to be with him in the bliss of Paradise.

IV.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved
standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your
son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!”
And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
John 19:26,27

Near the cross, stood his blessed Mother who was in great despair;
Also there was the disciple he loved. Jesus placed his Mother in his care.

Lord Jesus, when our hearts are torn and we are burdened with despair;
O’ Jesus, let us be strengthened and upheld by your grace and care.

May we realize O’ Jesus that in you, we are bound to one another;
Let us do all that we are able to support our sister and brother.

V.

”….My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.?”
Matthew 27:46

Jesus, on the cross, suffered torments and fears unknown;
In that hour, the Father withdrew his face, and Jesus felt alone.

At times when we reach out to God, and we pray and we pray;
When there seems to be no answer, we might wonder if he’s turned away.

When we struggle with pain and we are overcome with fear;
Remember that even in the silence, God is present. He is always near.

VI.

“I thirst.”

John 19:28

As Jesus hung on the cross, he suffered from thirst and bitter pain;
May we thirst for his peace and let his pardon be our richest gain.

May we thirst to know Christ and know and rejoice in his grace;
May we thirst for the day when we shall see him face to face.

VII.

“It is finished.”

John 19:30

Jesus on the cross, paid the full price through bitter pain;
His work was done; his blood washed away sin’s dark stain.

O’ Holy Jesus, you gave of yourself to save our soul;
By your wounds and your blood restores and makes us whole.

VIII.

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Luke 23:46

Jesus, you entrusted yourself to the Father with your dying breath;
Then in holy peace, you bowed your sacred head in death.

Guard us O’ Jesus against the tempters attacks and power;
We commend ourselves to you to keep us safe in that final hour.

Be with us in this journey as we live, and when we die;
When the journey is done take us to be with on high.

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