~* LEAD ME TO CALVARY *~
Jennie Evelyn Hussey, 1874-1958

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

This is the season of the year when we give special attention to Christ's suffering, death, and victorious resurrection! It is recorded in Scripture that Jesus "set His face toward Jerusalem", then was met with cheering crowds waving palms and shouting "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the LORD! HOSANNA!" After a few days in Jerusalem, it was time to observe Passover with His disciples, where they were taught that the elements of the Passover supper all pointed to Him as well as pointing back to the Exodus. His blood shed for us. His body broken for us. The perfect, spotless Lamb sacrificed for us. All the elements pointed to the Christ of Calvary under the New Testament covenant of His blood. Preparation for Passover is a time of searching out the home for leaven, and of searching our hearts for sin, that we be not guilty when we partake of this last supper of Christ, pointing to our Saviour's death on the cross.

The cross of Christ is either a blessing or a curse, depending on our response to it. Either it leads to our eternal redemption, or it condemns us to eternal damnation. This is demonstrated by the two thieves who hung on either side of the Saviour at the crucifixion. One responded and received divine mercy; the other rebelled his way into Hell. God never violates man's free will and forces His love on anyone. But He has never rejected anyone who cries out to Him in repentance and believing faith. It is man who rejects God and the salvation that He provided at Calvary.

Jennie Hussey was a life-long Quaker. Much of her life was a time of hardship and suffering, especially in her care of an invalid sister. Yet Jennie was known for her cheerful and courageous attitude. In all she wrote approximately 150 hymn texts. "Lead Me to Calvary" first appeared in New Songs of Praise and Power in 1921. These thoughtful words can deepen our spiritual lives as we approach and prepare for this important Passover, Crucifixion, and Resurrection season.



King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.

CHORUS:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.



*For Today*: Isaiah 53:5; John 19:17; I Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 2:20

Ask God to use this Passover to awaken your appreciation of His suffering and death at Calvary and to be more desirous of sharing His love with others.

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Portions from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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