~* HAIL, THOU ONCE DESPISED JESUS! *~
John Bakewell, 1721-1819

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come....
Ephesians 1:20 & 21

The author of this worshipful and strongly doctrinal hymn text presents a vivid contrast between the shame and suffering of Christ's earthly life and the greatness of His eternal glorification. We must never forget that the infant Jesus has moved on to take His place as the reigning Lord. Often when celebrating His birth, we become very sentimental about His lowly estate, or at Passover saddened as we recall His suffering and death. Sometimes our emphasis upon Christ's earthly ministry causes us to lose sight of His eternal deity. The Bible reminds us that Christ, "Because he continueth forever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:24 & 25).

John Bakewell was a zealous lay evangelist who was associated with the Wesleyan movement during the mid 1700's. Something of the character of this man is indicated by the tribute on his tombstone in a grave site located in the same area where John Wesley's body is buried in London, England:

Sacred to the memory of John Bakewell, who departed this life March 18, 1819, age 98. He adored the doctrine of God, our Saviour, and preached His glorious gospel about 70 years. "The memory of the just is blessed".



Hail, Thou once despisèd Jesus!
Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us;
Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou universal Savior,
Who hast borne our sin and shame!
By Thy merits we find favor;
Life is given through Thy Name.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
All our sins on Thee were laid;
By almighty love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made.
Every sin may be forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy blood;
Opened is the gate of Heaven,
Reconciled are we with God.

Jesus, hail! enthroned in Glory,
There forever to abide;
All the heavenly hosts adore Thee,
Seated at Thy Father’s side.
There for sinners Thou art pleading;
There Thou dost our place prepare;
Thou for saints art interceding
Till in Glory we appear.

Worship, honor, pow'r, and blessing
Christ is worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing,
Right it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits,
Bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing of Jesus’ merits,
Help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!



*For Today*: Isaiah 53:3-6; Luke 24:26: Ephesians 1:18-22; Revelation 5:6-14

Lift your heart to the Lamb Who was slain but now liveth again--our Saviour evermore. And because of His unchanging priesthood, He is ever accessible to us through prayer.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken 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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