All The Way To Calvary
I. In Gethsemane–Betrayed!
There is a spacious garden
Near Cedron’s sparkling brook,
Within whose walls there lies today
A very hallowed nook.
We find within the Scriptures
As we read its pages through,
That Gethsemane is mentioned
In that story, ever new.
For when the Shepherd’s little flock
With toil became a-weary,
He’d lead them to this garden nook
And in its shelter tarry.
They’d leave the world behind them
With all its toil and care,
And there they’d kneel together
In quiet and reverent prayer.
And on that night so long ago
From the upper room they came
To Gethsemane’s garden gate,
And entered through the same.
But one of the Shepherd’s flock
Had strayed from the fold away,
He had bargained for paltry silver
His Master to betray.
So only eleven entered
Through the garden gate;
And three of these our Savior took
Further than the eight.
He plead with them so kindly
That they a vigil keep.
But, alas, their eyes were heavy
And soon they fell asleep.
In bitter anguish Jesus prayed,
As He bore our burden there;
Great drops of blood fell to the earth
As He knelt that night in prayer.
“I’ll drain the cup,” at last He said;
“Father, Thy will be done.”
And then God sent an angel
To minister to His Son.
But, lo! Out in the darkness
I see a glimmering light.
It is the soldiers who have come
To take our Lord by night.
You ask me who the leader
Of this cruel band could be?
Oh, ’tis one of the chosen twelve
Wicked Judas, it is he!
He knew that to the garden
Jesus had gone for prayer,
And he had promised the soldiers
That he would lead them there.
They were equipped with lanterns,
Prepared a search to make.
They also came with swords and staves
Our Lord, by force, to take.
But Jesus had heard them coming,
And forwith went to meet them
As as they neared the garden gate
With these words He did greet them:
“Whom seek ye?” And they answered:
“For Jesus of Nazareth we’ve come.”
And, when He said “Lo I am He,”
They all were stricken dumb.
Again our loving Savior said,
“Ye seek Jesus? Lo, I am He.
I commit myself into your hands,
But let my followers go free.”
And even today our Savior
Is pleading for His child;
Making for it a shelter
When the storms of life beat wild.
I am sure His voice was gentle,
And full of tend’rest love
As He said to Judas, “Friend,
Wherefore art thou come?”
But Judas was “money-minded”
And could think of nothing else,
so upon the Savior’s pallid cheek
He placed the traitor’s kiss.
“All the way” means through the garden,
Quietly there to kneel and pray,
To gather added strength and grace
For the burdens of the day.
We, too, may be forsaken
By those we hold most dear;
But though our friends betray us
Our Savior still is near.
This world is full of sorrow–
It seems it must be so–
But if “all the way” we’ll follow
To a brighter land we’ll go.
By Ruth Vangstad–1936
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