FOR FRIDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 12:1-14
“He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds.” (Isaiah 12:5; GOD’s WORD Translation)
Way back in the Middle Ages, while meditating on Christ’s body hanging on the Cross, a poet penned a long medieval Latin poem called “Salve Mundi Salutare”. Over 500 years later, Lutheran hymnist Paul Gerhardt translated this poem into German. The closing portion of this long hymn which has been translated into English a number of times is known as “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”. Below is the first two verses of this hymn as translated in 1830 by the American Presbyterian minister James W. Alexander.
On this Good Friday, let’s spend some time using these words to ponder upon the wondrous love of Jesus who was willing to offer his life so that we may find life:
O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown; How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain; Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain. Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place; Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us to remember the lengths to which Your love was ready to go; that having loved Your own You loved them to the very end. Lead us this day to be a channel of Your love so that others may come to know You more through us. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]