(New Song) Sunday, February 21, 2016: “The Power Of The Cross”

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

This week we’re learning a new song together at LifePoint. It’s the well-known modern hymn “The Power of the Cross”. You can access this song by watching the video below or by scrolling to the bottom of the page where you’ll find a link to download it from iTunes. I’ve also included lyrics and song theology, which you can find below as well.

SONG LYRICS

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

O to see the pain written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin
Every bitter thought, every evil deed
Crowning Your blood-stained 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

O to see my name written in the wound
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

Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
© 2005 Thank You Music, EMI Christian Music Publishing

SONG THEOLOGY

The cross of Christ is the blazing center of Christianity. Take it away and our faith would crumble altogether.

But this beckons the question, Why did Jesus have to die? Couldn’t God have saved us another way? 

In considering that question, we must begin with the fact that the cross unanimously upholds everything God has revealed about His character. You see, the God we encounter at the cross is holy. He’s the Creator of the ends of the earth, making this world as an expression of His immense goodness.

And He put mankind at the highest point of that expression by making us in His own image to know and love Him in perfect, abiding communion. So from the get-go of the Bible, we see a God who is both loving and holy.

However, despite God’s affectionate purpose for us, we’ve rebelled against Him. The prophet Isaiah said that man has “turned to his own way” (53:6). Tempted by the evil one, we volunteered to break ties with our Creator and tread our own path. This is called sin and it has corrupted God’s good creation at every level. It has separated us from Him.

Because He is holy, God hates anything that offends His holiness. Therefore, as sinners, we’ve merited His righteous wrath. His anger justly burns against us. Yet, at the same time, God will not forget the reason why He made us in the first place—to live in loving communion with Him. This presents a problem. Can a holy God who hates sin still love sinners?

And thus we arrive at the cross—God’s final answer to the problem of our sin.

Jesus Christ is God’s own Son—one with the Father from all eternity (Jn. 17:5). He became fully man without forfeiting His divine nature. And as the Son of God made human, He’s the only righteous person who’s ever lived. Yet at the cross, He “was made to be sin for us” (2 Co. 5:21).

You see, God couldn’t simply sweep our sin under the rug and forget about it. His holiness wouldn’t allow that. And at the same time, God couldn’t allow us to remain under His wrath. His love is too great. Therefore, Jesus Christ became our Substitute on the cross, bearing God’s holy wrath in our place and reconciling us to Himself in order that man might live in loving communion with our Creator once again. The cross is the only way for that to happen. It’s the only way for the problem of our sin to be dealt with once and for all.

This is why the cross is so powerful. It’s why we’re choosing to sing a song about the death of Christ together this Sunday. We’ve been reconciled to God through His sacrifice and therefore we have every reason to worship Him as our crucified and risen Savior. Sure, the world thinks that’s foolish. But we know we’ve been let in on the ground floor of God’s great rescue plan. And therefore, we’ll join the apostle Paul, declaring with one voice: “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me. and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14).

Songs for Sunday, February 21, 2016:

New Again

Nothing But The Blood

The Power Of The Cross

Jesus Paid It All

Grace Alone

About Tyler Greene (168 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

5 Comments on (New Song) Sunday, February 21, 2016: “The Power Of The Cross”

  1. Torrey Amstutz // February 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    Wonderful song and truth! Thank you Tyler for following the Lords guiding in leading us to Worship Him. T

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  2. Good word Tyler.

    Like

  3. Janiece Struble // February 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm // Reply

    Perfectly stated !

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