At the Cross

by Jeff A. Jenkins
crossinsun2.jpg“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!”
These words were first published by Isaac Watts in 1707. Isaac Watts has been called the “Father of English Hymnody.” It was said of him, “He displayed a propensity for rhyme at home, driving his parents to the point of distraction on many occasions with his verse.”
In these words he draws us all back to the cross.
The cross of our Lord can be both concealing and revealing. Mark informs us that while our Lord was hanging on the cross that darkness covered the earth for three hours (Mark 15:33). Because he bore “the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12) on that tree, the Father turned his eyes away from his Son (Mark 15:34).
When all the sins of the all the world were focused on the cross, the God of Heaven could not look at it. The cross is where sin was concealed so that the light could be revealed. If we continue to walk in that light, just as he is in that light we will have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus will cleanse us of all sin (1 John 1:7).
Jesus came into the world to bring light into a world of darkness (John 1:5). When we walk to the foot of the cross, we will best see the light. When we kneel at the foot of the cross our burdens are all rolled away. It is at the cross where faith becomes sight. When we see the light, when our burdens are rolled away and when faith becomes sight, we will be happy all the day.
Dear Father, as we gather together at the foot of the cross help us to clearly see the light, help us to know that our burdens are rolled away, help our faith become sight, and help us to be happy all the day.

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