During this Season of the Cross, (you may refer to it as Lent), we encourage you to sing hymns that take you to the cross. For there is nothing like the cross in all of human history. It's a place where misery reigned and where torments triumphed.
Why such an instrument of cruelty had to be the means of death for our Savior, we'll never understand. From a human standpoint, it seems impossible that one would actually choose this method of death.
But the fact is undeniable: Christ came to die on a cross. And now that ugly, horrible tree is the means for a life of power and strength. For the horror of the cross opened the way to Jesus' glorious victory over sin and death. Once and for all, Christ conquered sin and death on the cross.
One of the hymns featured this month on our radio program and website is the hymn, Lift High the Cross." It's a powerful anthem that like a laser beam, puts the cross at the center of our lives. The words of the hymn "say it all" for Christians:
So shall our song of triumph ever be
Praise to the Crucified for victory.
During this holy time, nothing engages the mind and emotions more than song. God gave humankind the ability to sing to unite our minds and our hearts in praise and prayer. Jesus' stunning sacrifice requires a response. And that is exactly what "Lift High the Cross" provides. With a triumphal melody, the hymn calls Christians to bring the story of the cross to the entire world.
As you sing this hymn, seek others to sing it with you. Your church is a great place to start. But if you cannot sing this hymn at church, gather with friends and sing a hymn that celebrates the King--and rejoices in His triumph over death.
Right now, go to the hymn Lift High the Cross." and sing it. Let the beauty of the choir and instruments support your song. The hymn will lift your spirits and be a catalyst to share the message of the cross in a myriad of ways--from joining a mission project to perhaps inviting a neighbor for coffee.
The Season of the Cross: let its message be the theme of your song today and forever--for truly,
JESUS IS VICTOR!