Song Theology

Seeing the Cross | Theology

By September 16, 2019September 26th, 2019No Comments
Seeing the cross is a song that tells the story of the crucifixion, beginning with Jesus being lead to the cross. Jesus had the knowledge of what was going to happen to him and he knew the reason why it was happening. Our response is one of amazement, it can’t be explained, except for the love and grace of God.
Verse 1
Being lead unto the cross
Jesus knew he was paying our cost
Taking sin onto himself
Seeing death and knowing it too well
The bible is clear that Jesus knew the reason for his death, that it must happen to pay the cost of our sin (Luke 24:7)
He was mocked, he was maligned
By the ones for whom he knew he’d die
Crown of thorns, placed on his head
I was standing there just to condemn
Again, Jesus knowledge of what is going on here is key. It is ironic that he would be mocked by those he came to save, but it is also beautiful, for Jesus would die—even in order to save an enemy (Romans 5:7). Acts 2:23 attributes the death of Jesus to those who may not have even been physically present. We can do the same, it was and is our sin which required Jesus to be crucified. This song put us in the shoes of those who condemed Jesus.
Nothing can explain it
But the love of our God
It doesn’t make sense
But he is gracious
1 John 4:7-9 says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” That is all to say that it is only God’s love that explains this act.
Verse 2
Upon the cross Jesus died
He for us is the true way to life
Feeling the pain that’s to die
He became the one true sacrifice
Throughout the scriptures we see that the sacrifice of animals stands in for the death of humans. However this sacrifice is not sufficient or lasting and so Jesus is the true sacrifice for humanity. Jesus didn’t just die, he felt the pain, he knows what it is like (Hebrews 10).
Verse 3
Yet on the third day he rose
Crown of shame was for glory imposed
God’s victory had been achieved
For his children to be justly free
Jesus didn’t only die but he also rose, he no longer was in a position of shame, because he was vindicated. God’s plan was not only for Jesus to die but to rise,  to defeat death and to free his children from the same since they will also rise with him (1 Corinthians 15:20).
(It doesn’t make sense)
But he has saved us
He has saved us
I hope this song is a blessing to you and your church as we remind ourselves of God’s intentional, amazing decision to save us.
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