Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Standing under the Cross - Hymn post 2

Hi all....

I won't always have a note with the hymn, I don't think, but I wanted one for today.

Can you envision yourself standing there under the cross with Christ upon it? What pain and anguish would be surrounding those there! It is a sobering reality. It brings you to tears, doesn't it? As this hymn so well puts it - "the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness" would be so wrought in you that you could not help but weep while looking upon your Savior. It blows the mind...yet there were they that stood there, and wept for their Friend and Redeemer. They cried in grief and most likely sobbed - "Why? WHY?" like so many of us have when we don't understand God's perfect and wondrous plan for us all. They were just like us.

And they stood there and watched all their hopes and dreams be crushed by Christ's crucifixion, because they could not see that their salvation was being bought by the Perfect Lamb sacrificed for a Holy and Just God.

"The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me"! How precious is His suffering to His redeemed children, bought with the highest cost that God could ask - His own perfect Son.

Wow.

Under the shadow of our mighty Rock,
~ Jean Marie

"Beneath the Cross of Jesus"

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day. 
2. Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess;
The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness. 
3. I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.


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