Here we are again on the Holy Week, a special week when we remember the perfect sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for our sins. The passion of Jesus inspired hymn writers, poets, and musicians to create masterpieces to help believers to remember this great act of love, and one so inspired was James Montgomery.
James Montgomery was born on Nov. 4, 1771, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister. James became a Moravian minister as well, and wrote several hymns; the most popular one is “Angels, from the Realms of Glory.” When he wrote a hymn, he used a Moravian practice: to get his inspiration based in the harmonized account of the gospels, especially the passion of Jesus. You can see this inspiration in every verse when you read Montgomery’s hymns.
Because this is the Holy Week, I want to share a hymn by Montgomery based on the passion of Jesus. Pay close attention to the connection between verses, because he describes every part of the last week of our Savior in a clear picture, ending with a lesson that we can learn from. Please, take time to read this hymn and be blessed by its words.
Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter's pow'r;
Your Redeemer's conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
Follow to the judgment hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff'ring, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.
Calv'ry's mournful mountain climb
There' adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete:
"It is finished!" Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is ris'n! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.
In His service,