The power of the cross

When Stuart Townend and I wrote "The Power of the Cross”, we wanted the song to be a narrative journey that leads believers "on the road to Calvary." The hymn is essentially about the suffering of Christ. Through use of visual imagery, it asks us to consider some of the horrors the Lord endured on our behalf.

In addition to realizing the suffering Christ endured, the song also helps us understand what it means for Christ to "bear the weight of our sin"—to bring about our forgiveness.

The final verse takes us a step further as we respond with:

    O 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 is the power of the Cross"


We hope "The Power of the Cross” will be useful in any service, but also especially beneficial on Good Friday, during Holy Week, for communion and as a response at the end of a message. We often pair it with the hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", which flows nicely out of the final chorus. - Keith Getty


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 Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin
Every bitter thought
Every 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 victory 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 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

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