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Cross - Sins Over!

At the Cross Where I First Saw the Light


The last few days some messages about certain songs were posted:  “Thank You Lord for all You have done for me,” “Just another day that the Lord has kept me,” “Another days journey,” and “It was His grace.”


Since we should be forever grateful for what the Lord has done in our lives, let’s consider the “Cross” and what Jesus went through and how we should respond.


“At the Cross”

Alas and did my Savior bleed

And did my Sovereign die?

Would He devote that sacred head

For such a worm as I?

At the cross, at the cross

Where I first saw the light

And the burden of my heart Rolled away, rolled away

It was there by faith I received my sight

And now I am happy all the day

Alas - an expression of grief, pity, or concern

Potentate/Sovereign: Which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate (Supreme ruler), the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15)- Potentate means ruler! God’s “sovereignty” means that He is absolute in authority and unrestricted in His supremacy. So, who will rule and reign as King of kings? Jesus Christ Himself, which proves that He is God.


Worm - Jacob (that is, the people of Israel) is called a wormWorms are small, and worms are lowly. Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you, says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 41:14).


The composer of this song was expressing grief because Jesus Christ had to suffer the most horrible kind of death for our sins. He also said he was a worm, meaning he was of no value. But Sovereign God in His love for mankind, took on flesh as a man and died for us to have eternal life.


That’s more than enough reason we should visualize what was done for us,  and not only should we experience temporary happiness, but our joy should be full and remain (John 15:11), because the “Joy” of what the Lord did for us should be encouraging, a motive us to get strengthened (matured) - in our walk with Christ.

What about the burden of my heart rolled away? Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

And more than that, it took faith to see who Jesus really was. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Brothers and sisters, it is so amazing how some of these songs are full of the Word of God. When the songwriter penned the word Sovereign and connected it with Jesus, he definitely understood that Jesus Christ was God incarnate – in the flesh. Jesus was the Word, The Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus became flesh and dwelt upon men (John 1:1, 14).


I love posting songs that relate to, support, and connect with the Word of God.

~  Betty A. Burnett ~

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