The Power of the Cross

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Galatians 6:14

On just a few occasions, I’ve had the opportunity to sing this hymn by Keith and Kristyn Getty in a large worship gathering with other believers. It is always a moving experience. Praise God for the power of the Cross!

“The Power of the Cross” is available on Keith & Kristyn’s album In Christ Alone.

The Power of the Cross

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.

Photo: Isaac Joo
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

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