New Song: The Wondrous Cross
We began a new series in the book of Colossians this past week, as Paul walked us through an overview of the book what we continued to see is the preeminence of Christ in all things. Greater than our thoughts, greater than our feelings, greater than our circumstances – Christ has made peace by the blood of His cross (Col 1:20). There is a greater reality at work in the lives of believers – and that is we have been reconciled to God through Christ – we have a stable and steadfast hope that will carry us through to completion (Col 1:21-23).
The Wondrous Cross is a song that helps put word to that Hope – the steady, sure Gospel-hope. In the first verse we see an image of the life and love of God that are ours in Christ – even when we were His enemies, how God has pursued us (Rom 5:10, Lam 3:22, Ps 100:5).
There is a love so sure, nothing it can’t endure
There is a life it brings, it’s greater than anything
I once was dead within, hollowed by all my sin
Lost and so led astray, but Your love reached all the way
How has the reality of verse one come to pass? Because of Colossians 1:20 – ‘Christ has made peace by the blood of His cross.’ At the cross Jesus overcame satan, sin and death – ‘triumphing over them and putting them to open shame (Col 2:15).’ That is how the Christ follower can look at an instrument of torture and death and call it wondrous (Jn 16:33, 1 Cor 15:55-57, Heb 10:10).
Oh the wondrous cross, where the Prince of Glory died
Oh the glorious cross, where You’re mercy bled of us
You overcame the grave, waking to a world You saved
Oh the wondrous cross
There is a rest that comes in recognising Christ’s completed work on the cross. Nothing to earn, nothing to prove, nothing to justify because ‘there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1).’ We will never be free of trouble in this life, but we can find rest, trust, faith and a song that comes our security in Christ in the midst of trouble (Ps 62:5, Ps 23).
Now You’re my resting place, when trouble I must face
I won’t be overwhelmed, cause Jesus, Your love has won
My faith looks up to Thee, sweet Lamb of Calvary
My song will ever rise, to You alone
The cross is so significant – the angels never stop singing in celebration and worship of something they long to look (1 Pet 1:12). Hallelujah is an expression of worship and rejoicing and means ‘God be praised!’ In view of all that is true, all that we have just sung – we can say ‘God be praised – the Lamb who is worthy! (Rev 5:12, Rev 4:11)’
Hallelujah, hallelujah, oh hallelujah
Worthy is the Lamb!
As we spend the next month in Colossians I hope that this song will continue to remind us of the preeminence of Christ in all things.