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O Christ, You Walked the Road

March 23, 2011

LSB 424 – O Christ, You Walked the Road
SOUTHWELL

Text: Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., b. 1923
Tune: Willam Daman, c. 1540-91; setting: New English Hymnal, 1986

1 O Christ, You walked the road
Our wand’ring feet must go.
You faced with us temptation’s pow’r
And fought our ancient foe.

2  No bread of earth alone
Can fill our hung’ring hearts.
Lord, help us seek Your living Word,
The food Your grace imparts.

3 No blinding sign we ask,
No wonder from above.
Lord, help us place our trust alone
In Your unswerving love.

4 When lures of easy gain
With promise brightly shine,
Lord, help us seek Your kingdom first;
Our wills with Yours align.

5 O Christ, You walked the road
Our wand’ring feet must go.
Stay with us through temptation’s hour
To fight our ancient foe.

Scripture References:
Matt. 4:1-11 (The Temptation of Christ)
Heb. 2:18 – For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Heb. 4:15 – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Church Year:
In the Lenten section, this hymn is particularly useful for Lent 1 (A,B,C), which deals with the temptation of Christ.  In addition, this hymn works well near the beginning of Lent because we walk with Christ while he treads the road to Calvary where He will suffer and die for the sins of the whole world.

Reflections:
The first two stanzas use elements of the Temptation of Christ in Matt 4:1-11 and apply them to us, such as when He “fought our ancient foe” and stanza two, which paraphrases Christ when He says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Stanza three brings to mind 1 Cor. 1:22-25: For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 3but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Stanza four once again refers to Christ’s temptation, where Satan tempts Him to take the easy way out and not suffer, but Christ chooses the difficult and right way.  We therefore pray Him to help us do the same.

Stanza five reiterates stanza one, but now prays that Christ be with us to fight Satan when we are tempted, just as He fought Satan during His own temptation.

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