At The Cross

At The Cross
Elisha Hoffman (1878)

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.

What an amazing thought “was it for crimes that I had done He groaned upon the tree?  Amazing pity!  Grace unknown!  And love beyond degree!”  It truly is an amazing love that brought Jesus Christ to Earth to bleed and die for our sins!  What a great grace, pity and love to meditate on!

2 responses to this post.

  1. one of my favorites. do we ever really just listen to or read the words to these hymns? we should – they speak volumes of our Savior’s love toward us – while we were yet sinners (and still are saved by grace) Christ died for us.


    • For years, I didn’t really pay attention to what I was singing when we sang hymns, but the more I really think about and meditate on these hymns, the more wonderful truth I see in them. Thank you for the comment!


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