216. Lord, We Rejoice That Thou Art Gone

L.M.
by J.G. Deck
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Lord, we rejoice that Thou art gone
 
To sit upon Thy Father's throne;
 
Thy path of shame and suffering o'er,
 
Thy heart shall grieve and mourn no more.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3)
“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelation 3:21)
“Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee.” (Psalm 69:19)
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9)
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)
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With joy our wondering hearts retrace
 
Thy ways on earth, of power and grace;
 
We sit as learners at Thy feet,
 
Thy words than honey far more sweet.
“And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.” (Matthew 9:2-6)
“And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.” (Luke 10:39)
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)
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Oh cross of Christ! Oh glorious tree!
 
What place can be compared with thee,
 
Where God's own Son was crucified,
 
And for our sins a ransom died?
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We love to look within the tomb,
 
Thy death has robbed of all its gloom;
 
The stone forever rolled away;
 
Thy death the power of death did slay.
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We joy to see Thee, Lord, arise
 
Triumphant through the opening skies;
 
And hear all heaven united own
 
Thee worthy to ascend the throne.
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Lord, now we wait for Thee to come,
 
And take us to Thy Father's home;
 
Oh what ecstatic joy 'twill be
 
To spend eternity with Thee!