The Desolate Messiah

Many of you who read this occasional blog know that I write hymns. This hymn begins on Good Friday with the crucifixion but takes a journey that ends on Easter Day. It is partly built on a line from Gerard Kelly about Jesus choosing to be ‘weak in power’ as he faced the cross. There is an original tune which you can find here.

The desolate Messiah dies
spreadeagled on the cross:
unwanted by the earth he made,
Death’s trophy to the world displayed
and, as the final scene is played,
all hope is lost.
The disregarded Christ hangs high
as nations turn away.
How can a king be weak in power
and leave earth in its crisis hour?
And how will liberation flower
or Death give way?
Yet silently, as morning breaks,
the risen Lord is found.
A battle fought beyond the grave
has ended with a shout: ‘He saves!’
and Life walks from a borrowed cave,
now holy ground.
Beneath the shadow of his cross
the Church of Christ must stand,
and hold a holy mystery:
that death means life at Calvary
and grace has won the victory
for all the world.

Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG


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