Good Friday: Ponder Now

March 29, 2013

Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent and Holy Week. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!

The time has come. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

For the last 40 days, Christians around the world have been observing Lent. Some have been engaging in traditional spiritual disciplines in order to focus on Christ's suffering and the hope it brings to us.

As I contemplated what angle to take today, for Good Friday, I was so?um?um?distracted. It seems like so many years at this time something huge comes us to distract us. This year is no exception. Whether it is a national drama, a worldwide concern, or a personal tragedy, we are so easily distracted. Like the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane with Christ, we cannot watch and pray for even a single hour. The devil knows he cannot take us away from Christ, but he loves to distract us, even with good things to take our eyes off of our Savior. For then, that devil can tempt us into despair.

Instead of giving you some of my own thoughts to add to the swirl of stuff inside your mind, I encourage you to

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass." Psalm 37:7

Just stop.

Look at the cross.

Be still.

See your sin.

See the sacrifice.

See your Savior.

See your struggles,

But see them in light of the promise of eternal life

Won for YOU

Here at the cross.

Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

1 Jesus, I will ponder now

On Your holy passion;

With Your Spirit me endow

For such meditation.

Grant that I in love and faith

May the image cherish

Of Your suff'ring, pain, and death

That I may not perish.

2 Make me see Your great distress,

Anguish, and affliction,

Bonds and stripes and wretchedness

And Your crucifixion;

Make me see how scourge and rod,

Spear and nails did wound You,

How for them You died, O God,

Who with thorns had crowned You.

3 Yet, O Lord, not thus alone

Make me see Your passion,

But its cause to me make known

And its termination.

Ah! I also and my sin

Wrought Your deep affliction;

This indeed the cause has been

Of Your crucifixion.

4 Grant that I Your passion view

With repentant grieving.

Let me not bring shame to You

By unholy living.

How could I refuse to shun

Ev'ry sinful pleasure

Since for me God's only Son

Suffered without measure?

5 If my sins give me alarm

And my conscience grieve me,

Let Your cross my fear disarm;

Peace of conscience give me.

Help me see forgiveness won

By Your holy passion.

If for me He slays His Son,

God must have compassion!

6 Graciously my faith renew;

Help me bear my crosses,

Learning humbleness from You,

Peace mid pain and losses.

May I give You love for love!

Hear me, O my Savior,

That I may in heav'n above

Sing Your praise forever.

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