Yesterday we sang this old traditional hymn at the closing of our morning church service. It has been years since I have sung this – or even heard it. The simple beauty of the words and harmonies are hard to describe. It is a wonderful reminder in this season of Lent.
Like many of you, we are watching the mini series, “The Bible” on Sunday nights. Yesterday we saw the dramatization of the birth of Jesus and some of his early ministry. The calling of Peter was just as I had always pictured it to be. A charismatic, positive and caring Jesus, a cynical, passionate and somewhat angry Peter. It was a match made in heaven. The scene of the calling to follow Jesus is wonderful. Next week, just in time for Palm Sunday and Easter weekends will be the miracles, teachings and then the betrayal and long walk to the cross.
If you are like me you have many questions. Not that it really happened – but why it had to happen like it did. Fully God and yet fully human, Jesus is someone whose life and appearance puzzles even the most devout critic. Why He had to come the way He did – and save us by sending himself – we will never know. The back story to the temptations by Satan is a deep mystery. Why would that have even been an issue for God at all? But it was. And Jesus struggled with it.
I may not understand it. But I have come to realize that God does not tell us everything about His plan 0r Himself. We just need to take it on faith. We are on a “need to know” basis – and apparently it is not important that we know why. Only that it is. And we either accept it or turn it away. Either way it does not change it. One thing is certain. I am a hot mess by myself and need a Savior. And God knew that even before I was born. A plan was made for me before I even knew about it. And I accept this gift and am very thankful.
Enjoy this wonderful version of “Beneath The Cross of Jesus” that I found on youtube sung by a college choir. You may remember it from years ago – or you may have never heard it before. Either way you will love it. My prayer for you today is that you too will just accept that there are things that you will never understand – but admit that you too need a Savior to save you from yourself. You will find Him if you truly want to be found. He will change your life in so many ways – if you will open up and let Him in to it.
Text: Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830-1869
Music: Frederick C. Maker, 1844-1927
Tune: ST. CHRISTOPHER, Meter: 18.104.22.168
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 nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.
- If Jesus is God, how could he die? If Jesus died on the cross, then how can he be alive today? (savedbygraceblogdotcom.wordpress.com)
- What Are You Thinking? (smalltownworld.wordpress.com)
- Day 76 – John 8:1-30 (vesselsofclay.org)
- Beneath the Cross of Jesus (simplemeditations.wordpress.com)
- Jesus “at the cross” (marichuescototo.wordpress.com)
- Jesus in Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane: Stations of the Cross – First Station (thecosmiccathedral.wordpress.com)