28 April 2021 Before The Cross Of Calvary

Before the Cross of Calvary

Before The Cross of Calvary

For the Lenten Season

       Before the Cross of Calvary

Before the cross of Calvary,
Jesus went to Gethsemane
For solitude, prayer, and rest;
When His agony took the test
Jesus prayed in Gethsemane;
Three times He prayed, for you and me!

From joyous supper with his friends
He descended to dreaded ends
Stirred inside the brimming Cup:
God’s wrath upon humanity;
Come, keep watch and pray with me:
He uttered in Gethsemane!

Distressed, depressed, and squeezed and pressed
Cup’s contents crushed all human sense,
He fell, grounded face down, anguished
‘Abba! Save me from this hour!’
Come, keep watch and pray with me:
He uttered to the inner three!

Sore and overwhelmed with sorrow,
Temptation shot a straight arrow
To shun the cup of destiny;
Jesus submitted to God’s will!
Come, keep watch and with me:
He uttered to the inner three!

Deeper and deeper prayer with tears
Jesus cried in HIS FATHER’s ears,
The Abba heard, and ministered;
Charged boldness cried, ‘Thy will be done!’
Three times he prayed for you and me:
In the garden of Gethsemane!

Copyright © 2021 Verna Penn Moll

Recorded as a hymn by Richard Irwin

 

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