The thief going to paradise

The thief repentant, on the cross,
acknowledged all his sin and loss,
and asked the Saviour mercy free,
and humbly trusted Him, and we
can share his hope eternally:

People holy tell the story
of the glory of the Saviour;
praising ever, sinning never,
– Hallelujah!

‘Today you will be with me there’,
and in Christ’s glory he would share,
among the angels pure, and saints;
complete the blessings, no complaints,
for no-one suffers there, or faints.

Does this attract you, do you long
to go there, serve and raise your song
to him who reigns, salvation wrought
for those in Satan’s bondage caught,
to life and freedom, mercy brought?

People holy tell the story
of the glory of the Saviour;
praising ever, sinning never,
– Hallelujah!

“… we are getting what our sins deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong. … Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. …” ‘Today you will be with me in paradise’ Luke 23:41, 42
Tune: ‘Pwy sydd o fewn y nef yn byw?’ Joseph Parry

Palm Sunday (2)

Brief the glory and the praise,
some had jealousy and hate –
plotting in the coming days,
opportunity await.

He knew the agony drew near –
bruised, buried seed, raised to release
a lasting glory, harvest dear –
world-wide a people finding peace.

Though many scorned him in despite
of all they’d seen, and all they’d heard,
disliking what was good and right –
soon, some would joy in grace outpoured.

And so, he faced the awful pain,
the hinge of history, to bring
this good, and glory would remain –
eternal honour to the King.

Shown to be …

Not ‘just another man
deceiving for a span’,
for, just as he before foretold,
death did not keep its hold.

They’d seen his goodness pure,
and miracles galore;
though many had rejected him,
God proves Christ is his King.

Sin’s payment’s work complete,
there will be no repeat;
receive the righteousness he gives,
our Lord-Protector lives,

He sits at God’s right hand,
he promised he would send
his holy Spirit if you pray,
to help you walk his Way.
Tune: SM

John 18

He died while young, his death achieved
rich purpose: not the end;
and through his cross I have received
new Life as grace had planned.

Our Saviour bound – he let them bind
his powerful arms for me.
They did not listen, – with closed mind
accused, illegally.

Afraid, see Peter unprepared:
he fell as Christ foretold.
The suffering Jesus knew and cared –
forgave, made Peter bold.

These leaders then had to decide:
“Who is this man we face?”
Would they let prejudices guide,
or fairly judge his case?

What kind of King had been foretold?
How had Christ lived and taught?
To all his teaching, truth revealed,
who will give careful thought?
Tune: CM

Look, see the Lamb!

Look, see the Lamb!    (John 1:29)
God’s sinless Son,
for all my sin
he will atone.
But who will heed?
and who will bow?
and in their need,
come to him now?

Look, see the man! (John 19:5)
now flogged and mocked, –
no threat, or guilt!
Pilate was shocked –
‘Crucify, kill!’
The mob were led
to shout their will –
their Teacher dead.

Look, see your King! – (John19:14)
the Shepherd good.
God’s grace he’ll bring
by his shed blood.
They thrust aside
the witness heard;
his claims decried,

and gracious word.

Tune: LM eg Hereford by Samuel Wesley


Significant day, – the grave was secured:
the guard and the seal, as safe as they could;
ensuring his followers his body can’t steal,
to hoax men and and fabricate hopeless appeal.

What happened? The priests did not want to believe
the tale of the soldiers – gave bribes to deceive.
The disciples were changed – not by one who was dead,
but their Saviour had risen to life, as they said.

Death of Jesus Christ was real,
real the tomb and strong the seal;
genuinely from the grave
He was raised, equipped to save.
Our God is supernatural,
His purposes insuperable.
In kindness for our good He acts:
and who’s prepared to face the facts?

The Son of Man must suffer many things …

Injustice, trial travesty
accusing him of blasphemy
because he claimed divinity:
his innocence was plain to see.

Insulted by the soldiers blind,
by passers-by of careless mind,
by leaders envious and unkind:
but soon his glory all will see.

Such isolation, awful rift:
for us the Son becomes bereft –
– incomprehensible – the gift,
and pain: my Substitute I see.

Signs at the time of Christ’s crucifixion

The soldiers fell: they sensed Christ’s power:
they should have bowed in awe,
for willingly Christ faced this hour,
the mocking malice bore.

The sun was darkened, – awesome sign
to all Jerusalem
to think about this deed divine –
God’s Word to sinful men.

The veil was torn: a sign to priests
of change, for now fulfilled
were ceremonies, types and feasts,
as Christ the Lamb, was killed.

Palm Sunday

Zechariah 9:9 & Luke 19:41
Christ Jesus enters as the King of kings.
The crowd rejoices, Christ is seen to weep:
the justice and salvation that he brings
the city will reject, and judgement reap.

For Jesus knows what soon will there befall –
arrest, and crucifixion he’ll endure,
and though that brings redemption if we call,
Jerusalem will face destruction sure.

Have you called out, to him, ‘Hosanna! Lord!
Please save me, Saviour, in your power and grace!’?
Rejoice! your King and Lord receive, his Word
your rule and treasure, bringing life and peace.

Viewing the cross

(Mark 15:9–11, 29–32, 38,39)
Hatred, hatred deaf and blind
for the One so good and kind, –
hatred that will not consider
this is God the Son they murder.

Love, eternal love, – how can
he be treated thus by man?
Love almighty lets it be
so that he can rescue me.

Mockingly they hail him King,
words that scorn his truth they bring,
‘Look he dies, he cannot save!’
No! to save, – his life he gave!

Hour ordained by prophecy, –
pivot-point, not tragedy, –
solemn scene in darkness see:
‘What does all this mean to me?’

Judgment on the righteous Son –
punished for what I have done,
through what agony he’s passed,
willingly he breathes his last.

Curtain torn, the barrier’s gone
– reconciliation won.
‘Son of God’ – what grace and power:
history’s defining hour!