Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Easter Hymns Reflection – The Power of the Cross

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Week Two – Day 5 – Friday, March 18, 2016

The Power of the Cross (Kristyn Getty0 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aowdjLeaCYs

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.

CHORUS:
This, the pow’r 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 Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

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 vict’ry cry.

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.

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

The Power of the Cross
Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

Week Two – Day 5 – Friday, March 18, 2016

The Power of the Cross – Matthew 27:1-59, Mark 14:1-39, Mark 15:20-47 , Luke 22:66 – 23:49, John 19:16-37 , 2 Corinthians 13:4 , Galatians 6:14-15

2 Corinthians 13:4 (ESV) – For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

Galatians 6:14-15 (ESV) – 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

O – This song takes us through the story of the crucifixion – to the reality of Christ’s finished work on the cross.  While Christ was beaten, scorned, and nailed to the cross, he ALSO CARRIED our SIN on the cross as well.  While the physical pain must have been immense, it had to be the agony of bearing the sin of the world on Him, and having His own Father turn His back on Him.  But “It is Finished,” brings the work of salvation to completion in His death.  It wasn’t His life that was finished, it was the work of salvation!

A – This song never fails to move me.  It takes me from Christ’s death to His victory, but it also travels the road in between.  All that Christ endured.  All that He suffered.  All that He bore – for me.  Christ became sin – for me!  Christ took the blame for sin – for me!   Christ bore the wrath of God – for me!

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for me.
What a love! What a cost!
I stand forgiven at the cross.

P – Father God, there are no words today to express my thanks, my gratitude, my emotions at the realization of Your forgiveness – of me.  All that Christ endured – for me.  As we enter this Holy Week, I ask that You continue to work within me, bringing realization and a holy reverence for the work of Christ – for me.  Thank You for Your forgiveness and acceptance of Christ’s death as payment for my sins.  Help me to live for you, in the full knowledge and awareness of the cost of my forgiveness.

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