Pascal Lamb of God
Including her song, by Michelle Shelfer
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Rom 8:16-17)
What Sort Of Blessing?
The Lord wants to bless us, and it wouldn’t take long to find scriptural support for the idea that prosperity, love, health and well-being are part of God’s plans for us. But is receiving these blessings all we are to expect as disciples of Jesus?
Alongside these blessings, we are called to share in the suffering of Christ. Christ’s suffering is set apart from all other suffering. Foremost, at the cross Jesus suffered being forsaken by his Father, a cup that he alone could bear, as we read that the Father will never leave us nor forsake us.
Despised And Rejected
The suffering we are called to share with Jesus is related to the world’s rejection of his name and claim as Messiah. For his earliest followers this included even suffering cruel death, as it does in our day for followers of Christ in nations like Afghanistan, Turkey and Mindanao (Philippines).
The apostles rejoiced in suffering for Jesus’ name’s sake:
“…and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” (Acts 5:40-41)
The Fruit Of Suffering
I once asked the Lord, “May I just walk beside you as you walk the road to Calvary, Pascal Lamb of God?” He answered me by giving me a glimpse of his suffering. In this season of contemplation let us allow God to bless us by showing us first how Jesus’ suffering brought us the greatest treasure imaginable, how we have an advocate and High Priest who understands first hand our human suffering, and finally what a measure it is of his love for you and for me that he was willing to suffer for our benefit.
Pascal Lamb of God
May I just walk beside You where You tread, Pascal Lamb of God?
With the sin of all Your people as a crown upon Your head?
See that barren hilltop, I am overcome with dread.
Still I walk beside You where You tread, Pascal Lamb of God.
May I just walk beside You where you tread?
May I just walk beside You as You go, Pascal Lamb of God?
Can’t take on Your suffering, can’t bear Your heavy woe.
Only You were blameless, without blemish, white as snow.
I can only walk beside You as You go, Pascal Lamb of God,
Only walk beside You as You go.
Pascal Lamb without a flaw, Snatched my life out of the jaw
of the destroyer as in Egypt long ago.
Yes, deliverance is sweet, waters part beneath my feet.
And though I’m free to walk wherever winds may blow,
I just want to walk beside You where You go, Pascal Lamb of God,
I want to walk beside You where you go.
May I just walk the road to Calvary, Pascal Lamb of God?
How else am I to know the depth of love you have for me?
And may I be among the ones who wait in Galilee,
For your return in righteous victory, Pascal Lamb of God?
May I just walk the road to victory?