Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus

As the week draws to a close, I’d like to consider a few hymns of the church that speak to Christ’s heavenly prayer ministry. I found this beautiful song in a 1955 Presbyterian Hymnal that found its way to me at some point. The hymnal holds a special place alongside my Baptist and Methodist hymnals, and I have found great delight as I have made use of its Scriptural and thematic indexes. Notice here that the second verse speaks of the ongoing priestly ministry of Christ in Heaven.

“Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus”

Hail, Thou once despised Jesus, Crowned in mockery a King!
Thou didst suffer to release us; Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, thou agonizing Saviour, Bearer of our sin and shame!
By thy merits we find favor; Life is given through Thy name.

Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory, There forever to abide;
All the heavenly hosts adore Thee, Seated at the Father’s side:
There for sinners Thou are pleading; There Thou dost our place prepare:
Ever for us interceding, Till in glory we appear.

Worship, honor, power and blessing Thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing, Meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright, angelic spirits, Bring your sweetest, noblest lays,
Help to sing our Saviour’s merits; Help to chant Immanuel’s praise.

John Bakewell, 1757

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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One Response to Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus

  1. Robert says:

    Thanks for posting John Bakewell’s fine hymn. Your blog caught my eye this morning because today is the 191st anniversary of his death. And there is actually a fourth stanza to the hymn that you can see on the Cyber Hymnal, at…
    http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/o/honcedes.htm

    If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I encourage you to visit my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

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