October 18, 2009

The Power Of The Cross (Oh To See The Dawn) – Stewart Townend, Keith Getty

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:41 pm by Sarah Bosse

The Power Of The Cross
by Stewart Townend and Keith Getty, Thankyou Music, published by Kingsway.

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

The youtube video posted here is not the recording that’s on the Sovereign Grace Music T4G CD. The lyrics are the same, but the style is a bit different. I am personally partial to the recording on the T4G CD. You can find this CD by looking through the website’s Songbox. Here is a direct link to the T4G CD.



  1. Bob Kauflin said,

    Sarah, thanks for posting this. But this isn’t a Sovereign Grace song. It’s written by Stuart Townend (the guy leading in this video) and Keith Getty. It’s actually a Thankyou Music song, published by Kingsway. But it is a GREAT song!

  2. Sarah Bosse said,

    Changes made to reflect Bob’s correction. Thank you, Bob!

  3. Ruby Till said,

    I love this song sung by Stuart Townsend and the people in the congregation. I listen to this song every day and praise God for
    what he has given me

  4. Ted in Canada said,

    This song is lifting me. I connected it with the blog entry about “I am Yours, save me!” Thank you, Sarah, for your excellent poems and blogs. – Ted in Canada

  5. Sarah Bosse said,

    Thank you, Ted!

  6. Diana Hutton said,

    Thank you for the Cross Lord.

  7. Harriet Ramsay said,

    Praise the Lord! This is a great song!

  8. peter.hiran said,

    it`s a wonderful Hymn about the passion of Lord Jesus. superb Lyrics it really touched the hearts of many i think. i have been singing in the Church few times with our band….Love to sing again. all Glory to the Lord…
    peter.hiran fernando….(SriLanka).

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