The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/03/2007):

Any Sorrow Like His?
There are a number of great hymn texts that aid the follower of Jesus in a thorough contemplation of our Savior's suffering—physically and spiritually—as he was betrayed, and tried, and tortured, and killed. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a wonderful poem by Charles Wesley. The theme is the atoning death of Christ. The opening line is based on Lamentations 1:12,

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which the LORD inflicted
on the day of his fierce anger.


All ye that pass by,
To Jesus draw nigh:
To you is it nothing that Jesus should die?
Your ransom and peace,
Your surety He is:
Come, see if there ever was sorrow like His.

For what you have done
His blood must atone:
The Father hath punished for you His dear Son.
The Lord, in the day
Of His anger, did lay
Your sins on the Lamb, and He bore them away.

He answered for all:
O come at His call,
And low at His cross with astonishment fall!
But lift up your eyes
At Jesus’ cries:
Impassive, He suffers; immortal, He dies.

He dies to atone
For sins not His own;
Your debt He hath paid, and your work He hath done.
Ye all may receive
The peace He did leave,
Who made intercession, “My Father, forgive!”

For you and for me
He prayed on the tree:
The prayer is accepted, the sinner is free.
That sinner am I,
Who on Jesus rely,
And come for the pardon God cannot deny.

My pardon I claim;
For a sinner I am,
A sinner believing in Jesus’ Name.
He purchased the grace
Which now I embrace:
O Father, Thou know’st He hath died in my place.

His death is my plea;
My Advocate see,
And hear the blood speak that hath answered for me.
My ransom He was
When He bled on the cross;
And losing His life He hath carried my cause.

—Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, from METHODIST HYMNS, 1779. Notice that we are celebrating Wesley's 300th birthday this year. You can find a version of this hymn at (

I am particularly fond of a choral setting of this text by Mark Hayes ("Lenten Song," Hinshaw HMC-835). We often sing it at our Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service.

The prophet Jeremiah voiced the sorrow and misery of the Jewish nation; their suffering and their sin against God were the themes of their lament. These verses are often referenced in connection with the suffering of Christ in his passion and death. The "O vos omnes" text was sung by the ancient church on Holy Saturday, the day after Christ's bitter death.

For Matthew Henry's Commentary on these verses, see;=25&c;=1. He says, "Whatever may be learned from the sufferings of Jerusalem, far more may be learned from the sufferings of Christ. Does he not from the cross speak to every one of us? Does he not say, 'Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?' Let all our sorrows lead us to the cross of Christ, lead us to mark his example, and cheerfully to follow him."

AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS (Ministry and Passion of Jesus) (Upper Room) (Upper Room) (Good Friday) (Good Friday: Who Killed Jesus?) (Resurrection) (Resurrection) (Resurrection) (Fourth-Century Easter)

Hallelujah! What a Savior!
May your Ransom be your Peace!

Have a great week.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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