Who Killed Jesus?
IN EVIL LONG I TOOK DELIGHT
In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.
I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agony and blood,
Who fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.
Sure, never to my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.
My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair,
I saw my sins His blood had spilt,
And helped to nail Him there.
Alas! I knew not what I did!
But now my tears are vain:
Where shall my trembling soul be hid?
For I the Lord have slain!
A second look He gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayst live.”
Thus, while His death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue,
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too.
With pleasing grief, and mournful joy,
My spirit now is filled,
That I should such a life destroy,
Yet live by Him I killed!
—John Newton, 1725-1807, from OLNEY HYMNS, 1779. You can find a version of this at www.cyberhymnal.org. (www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/e/ielongit.htm)
“THE LOOK” by BOB KAUFLIN
There is a modern version of this hymn that we used last year at our Maundy Thursday service. “The Look” by Bob Kauflin presents Newton’s hymn in a powerful setting that brings out both the sorrow for sin and the amazing grace of the one “who died that I might live.”
FREE LEAD SHEET AND DEMO RECORDING
If you go to
you will find a free lead sheet and a demo recording of “The Look” as well as other wonderful hymns from UPWARD: THE BOB KAUFLIN HYMNS PROJECT. This CD is one of my favorites. You can purchase the piano scores online for $2 per title. Other great hymns on this recording are “I Will Glory in My Redeemer,” “Mercies Anew,” “A Debtor to Mercy Alone,” “Rock of Ages,” “Before the Throne of God Above,” and “Hallelujah! What a Savior.”
OTHER WORSHIP QUOTES ON THE SUFFERING, DEATH,
AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS
www.wqotw.org/quote.php?date=2005-03-22 (Ministry and Passion of Jesus)
www.wqotw.org/quote.php?date=2002-03-26 (Upper Room)
www.wqotw.org/quote.php?date=1999-03-30 (Upper Room)
www.wqotw.org/quote.php?date=2005-09-20 (Good Friday)
www.wqotw.org/quote.php?date=2004-04-13 (Fourth-Century Easter)
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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