Monday Morning Hymn

Another Getty/Townend one today. I don’t think that a better song on the meaning of the death of the Lord Jesus has been written in the last 10 years than “O to see the dawn”, also known as “the Power of the Cross.”

In it, the meaning and message of the Cross is summed up perfectly:

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

Jesus took all of the punishment for our sin that was deserved by us. That is something that needs to be said in our present day. There are those who would deny the truth of this, and others who would say that whilst this may be true, it is not the real meaning of Jesus’ death. I am not going to get into the theological details of these arguments here, but yes, the Cross does symbolise a number of things; the victory over the Devil, the example of self – sacrificing love etc. And those are great and important things. But, we must never lose sight of the fact that he died in our place, bearing the wrath that we deserve, yes really! Now we can be forgiven if we put our trust completely and only in him.

O 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.”

O to see the pain written on your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought, every evil deed
Crowning your bloodstained brow.

Stuart Townend/Keith Getty

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