Perhaps one of the greatest sins we could ever commit as Christians is to neglect the cross. It might seem unthinkable to be able to forget the cross, especially after Good Friday and Easter, but after a couple of days or weeks, we so often do. I am not saying that we forget the cross altogether, but we forget it’s power often. Sure we hear messages weekly about the gospel, but do we put those messages into practice? I hope Saturday’s hymn: Hymn of the Day: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded helped with that problem, but if not…. today’s hymn surely will.
Jennie E. Hussey’s hymn, Lead Me to Calvary, is meant to be a heavy reminder of what Christ went through for us. This hymn reminds us that we should crown Jesus as King of our lives. Hussey does not want us to forget that throne-crowned brow, so her hymn is sort of a prayer request asking God to lead the believer to Calvary. Lead us to Calvary, Lord, lest we forget what you prayed in Gethsemane, lest we forget your agony, lest we forget your love for us on the cross, lead us to Calvary! Lord, show us the tomb where you were laid, show us the mourning men and women who brought you to the tomb, show us the glorious Angels who guarded your tomb while you were dead! Show us the morning of your resurrection when Mary came to anoint your body, but instead came and found an empty tomb! May we be willing to bear our own crosses daily because of the great love which you have shown us. May we be willing to share in your grief since you have borne all for us!
May we like Paul, be resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Lest we forget Gethsemane, lest we forget thine agony, lest we forget thy love for us, lead us to Calvary.