The Power of the Cross (O, to see the dawn)

lightstock_380_xsmall_user_4488590We’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper this morning as we gather at Third Baptist.  This is a significant moment because we stop to remember the body, broken for us, and the blood, a sign of the new covenant. In the Gospel of Luke, we read this account,

“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:15-19 ESV)

As we celebrate our salvation symbolized by the bread and wine, we’ll join together to sing as one this hymn.  As you read the text, keep in mind that the supper that Jesus shared with his disciples was less than 24 hours away from the awful pain and suffering He would bear for you and me.

Oh, to see the dawn,
Of the darkest day,
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then,
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross;
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain,
Written on the face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed,
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

This, the power of the cross;
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath,
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life,
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

This, the power of the cross;
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see my name,
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross;
Son of God – slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music/Adm. by worshiptogether.com songs
excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Kingsway Music. tym@kingsway.co.uk.

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3 responses to “The Power of the Cross (O, to see the dawn)

  1. Lennie Thompson

    I love this hymn, I’m trying to get our Choir director to get it. How great to sing and understand the meaning not only the words of the song, but to truly absorb what it cost our Lord to sacrifice His life for this wretch! Blessings Mark.

    Ms. Lennie

  2. Archie Moore

    Love that song. I’m sure the service was powerful. Wish I had been there.

    Sent from my iPad

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