One of my favourite Easter (and everyday!) songs is by Jars of Clay called O Come and Mourn With Me A While.¬†It was originally written¬†by Frederick William Faber, a hymn writer and theologian in 1949. It so clearly captures the last few hours of Jesus’ life as He hung on the cross, having been crucified for your and my sins.

I hope the depth of its words will bring your heart to sombre reflection on the sacrifice of Christ. And i hope that reflection will cause your heart to rise with exultant joy as you realize afresh the tremendous act of selfless love done for you on the cross.

O come and mourn with me awhile;
O come ye to the Savior’s side;
O come, together let us mourn;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

Have we no tears to shed for him,
while soldiers scoff and foes deride?
Ah! look how patiently he hangs;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

How fast his hands and feet are nailed;
his blessed tongue with thirst is tied,
his failing eyes are blind with blood:
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

His mother cannot reach his face;
she stands in helplessness beside;
her heart is martyred with her Son’s:
Jesus, our Love, is Crucified.

Seven times seven he spoke, seven words of love;
and all three hours his silence cried
for mercy on the souls of men;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

O break, O break, hard heart of mine!
Thy weak self-love and guilty pride
his Pilate and his Judas were:
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

A broken heart, a fount of tears,
ask, and they will not be denied;
a broken heart love’s cradle is:
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

O love of God! O sin of man!
In this dread act your strength is tried;
and victory remains with love;
for he, our Love, is crucified.

 

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