One of the best ways to mediate on what this time of year means is by listening (and maybe singing along to!) Scripturally-based songs about the cross.
The song, “See the Destined Day Arise came up on my phone a few weeks ago, and I made a note to share it around Easter. The day Christ died on the cross was the day destined from before the foundation of the world.
This hymn was originally written by Venantius Fortunatus in 569 and was paraphrased or translated by Richard Mant in 1837. The original lyrics are here. In the past few years it has been reworded a bit and a chorus added by Matt Merker.
See the destined day arise! See a willing sacrifice!
Jesus, to redeem our loss, hangs upon the shameful cross;
Jesus, who but You could bear wrath so great and justice fair?
Every pang and bitter throe, finishing your life of woe?
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Lamb of God for sinners slain!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Jesus Christ, we praise your name!
Who but Christ had dared to drain, steeped in gall, the cup of pain,
And with tender body bear thorns, and nails, and piercing spear?
Slain for us, the water flowed, mingled from your side with blood;
Sign to all attesting eyes of the finished sacrifice.
Holy Jesus, grant us grace in that sacrifice to place
All our trust for life renewed, pardoned sin, and promised good.
Grant us grace to sing your praise, ‘round your throne through endless days,
Ever with the sons of light: “Blessing, honor, glory, might!”
Another favorite about His sacrifice is “It Was For Me” by Dave Bolling (words here).
“What Wondrous Love Is This,” author unknown, words here.
“Face the Cross” by Herb Fromach, words here.
“The Power of the Cross” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, words here.
There are old and new versions of “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” The first one was written in 1868 by Elizabeth C. Clephane (words and background here. A few more stanzas than are normally sung today.)
The second was written more recently by Keith and Kristyn Getty, titled just “Beneath the Cross” (words here).
“Mercy Tree” by Krissy Nordhoff and Michael Neale, words here.
Of course, once you start thinking of songs about the cross, too many come to mind to name: “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “At Calvary,” “Calvary Covers It All,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and so many more.
On Sunday I’ll share favorite songs about the resurrection.
What are some of your favorite songs about the death of Christ for us?
(Sharing with Grace and Truth, Faith on Fire)
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Music is a language all it’s own. Thank you for sharing.
That rendition of Beneath The Cross was just magnificent. Thanks foe sharing these — many I hadn’t heard before.
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