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From our readers

Issue Date: April 8, 2020

A few Steps With Jesus This Easter

Let's walk a few steps with Jesus,

down the Calvary Road.

There was just a brief moment of gladness,

then such a heavy, heavy load.

We'll begin as He entered Jerusalem,

as on a lowly donkey He rode.

It was called the Triumphful Entry,

and the path with palm branches was strowed.

The people waved their branches,

and shouted, "Blessed be the King."

"All glory to God in the highest,"

you could hear the people sing.

But this moment of joy and gladness

suddenly disappeared.

As to the Temple at Jerusalem,

our Precious Savior neared.

His heart was torn and broken,

and filled with deepest grief.

For His precious temple of prayer,

had become a den of thieves.

And then I thought, how true yet today,

Christ's Temple is often used to make money,

instead of used to worship and pray.

(And then we cried)

Next we'll go to the Last Supper,

with the Twelve Disciples by His side.

By one of you I'll be betrayed,

By one I'll be denied.

As each with fear and trembling,

asked, "Lord is it I?"

When Judas asked,

The Lord said yes,

He gave a soft reply.

And then again I thought,

how true it's yet today.

The millions upon millions,

that still turn the Lord away.

(And again we cried)

Then to the Garden of Gethsemane,

with Peter, James and John we'll go.

But Jesus stopped a moment and said,

My heart is filled with woe.

Stay here and watch and pray with Me,

a little farther I will go,

To talk with God, My Father,

The One that I love so.

Three times Christ asked His Father,

if this cup He had to take.

Three times He returned to His Disciples,

whom He finds are not awake.

And then I think how many times,

that I have fallen asleep.

(And then I cried)

Our next few steps with Jesus,

is to the Judgement Hall.

Outside we stand with Peter,

leaning on the wall.

Three times Peter denies Jesus,

before the cock crows twice.

And then I think how many times,

Have I denied my Christ?

(Again I cried)



Now we see Christ, standing by Pilate,

and we hear the Governor say,

It's the Passover celebration.

I can release a prisoner today.

Will it be Barabbas or Jesus?

I see no fault in this man.

But crucify, crucify Jesus,

you could hear throughout the land.

Then I looked in the eyes of Jesus,

and He saw my tears flowing there.

"You can't crucify my Jesus,

you can't, it just isn't fair."

But my voice was one in a million,

and I knew it could not be heard.

But little did I realize, this was prophesied in God's Word.

(So I cried)

Then the Roman soldiers took Jesus,

into the Common Hall;

There they gave Him a reed, a robe

and a crown of thorns,

so they could have a ball.

They bowed their knees and mocked Him,

then smote Him on the head,

and then they spit upon Him.

I would rather have been dead

than to see the awful cruelty,

My Blessed Savior bore.

And then I bowed my head and cried,

Dear God, I pray there be no more.

(Yet as I cried)

They led Him away to Golgotha,

they compelled Simon to bear His Cross.

They parted his garments among them,

thinking of profit, and not loss.

Then they crucified Him...

and put this writing over His head,

"This is Jesus, King of the Jews."

Then they mocked Him on that day.

But our Blessed Lord and Savior,

not an unkind word did He say.

(And again I cried)

And then about the ninth hour,

I heard my Savior cry,

"E-li, E-li, La-ma, Sa-Bach-tha-ni?"

as He looked up to the sky.

"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

Then I fell to the ground upon my knees,

for I knew "twas then my Lord had died.

And I bowed my head and I cried and cried.

(Then I trembled)

For the whole Earth was shaken,

and the veil was rent in two.

The graves were widely open,

and the rocks and hills rent too.

So when we felt the earth quake,

and we saw the things that were done.

We all feared greatly, saying,

"Truly, this was God's Son."

(Again I cried)

As they took my Savior down from the Cross,

what a painful death, what an awful loss.

Then Joseph took His body to a rock-hewn tomb,

my heart was filled with sadness, loss and gloom.

(Than I rejoiced)

On Easter Morning, when the great news arrived,

"He is not dead," "Christ arose," "Jesus Is Alive".

And then within my heart I knew,

This was God's perfect plan-for me and you.

Jesus broke the barriers between God and man;

because He died and arose, we too shall live again.

(So Jesus says)

Remember Me and all I went through,

to bring you salvation, because I love you.

So give your heart and life to Jesus today,

and rejoice with me this "Easter Day".

Written by Joyce Bedora

Formerly of Peshtigo, Now Krakow.


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