Read Lamentations 1:12, and consider that Jesus could say this from the cross.

  1. Now, read Matthew 27:26-46 and replay the many sorrows of Jesus. It hardly seems possible to endure so much.
  1. Truly, in the Last Supper, Jesus was right: “this is my body broken for you… this is my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Give thanks for his body and blood.

Pause to worship Christ Jesus for the cross! Use this simple communion prayer, by Horatius Bonar:

 

Here O My Lord, I see thee face to face,

Here would I touch and handle things unseen,

Here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,

And all my weariness upon thee lean.

 

Here would I feed upon the bread of God,

Here drink with thee the royal wine of heaven,

Here would I lay aside each earthly load,

Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

 

I have no help but thine, nor do I need

Another arm save thin to lean upon;

It is enough, my Lord, enough indeed—

My strength is in they might, thy might alone.

 

Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness,

Mine is the guilt by thine the cleansing blood;

Here is my robe, my refuge and my peace,

Thy blood, they righteousness, O Lord, My God.