At the Foot of the Cross: Songs Reflecting on the Life and Death of Jesus
When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in churches not being able to meet, Sovereign Grace Music wanted to find ways to encourage believers who could no longer gather with other Christians.
One of the first things we did was record a technical video explaining how Bob Kauflin’s church, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, live-streamed to their members Sunday morning. We also put together a Spotify playlist called, “Songs to Sing in a Pandemic,” filled with songs that direct our thoughts and hearts to the hope, security, provision, and mercy God has shown us in Christ.
A couple of weeks ago we started a weekly live stream on Thursday nights on Facebook and Instagram. In an age of social and physical distancing, doing a live stream can be a problem. Providentially, a number of people involved with Sovereign Grace Music are currently living in Bob’s home. That includes Zach and McKenzie Fuller, Lacy Hudson, and David Zimmer, who have all been involved in playing, singing, or writing for Sovereign Grace Music recordings. Apart from a few technical issues, the live streams have been a joy.
Our third live stream will take place this Thursday, a day known to Christians as Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday. The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command,” and refers to Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you.” A timely word in this present season.
We’re calling this Thursday’s event, “At the Foot of the Cross: Songs Reflecting on the Life and Death of Jesus.” We considered doing something on Good Friday, but thought some churches might be planning something for that night. So we’ll be broadcasting live on Thursday night, knowing that people will be able to view the recording later on Facebook.
What to Expect this Thursday
Here’s how the night is going to unfold. You can listen to all of these songs on our Spotify playlist.
First, we’ll reflect on who it was on the cross, with the songs “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker, and a song from our latest album, “Glorious.” Both songs reference Jesus’ pre-existent state and his perfect life, both of which enabled him to die as a substitute for sinners.
Then, we’ll consider our need for the cross. Before we see Jesus dying on the cross as something done for us, we need to see that he died because of us. In “Shine Into Our Night” we’ll acknowledge that “Our hearts are bent, our eyes are dim, our finest works are stained with sin.” That will be followed by “Come, O Sinner,” where we’ll be reminded that Jesus “bears the curse for all you’ve done.”
Next, we’ll reflect on the mercy of God’s plan to place the judgment we deserved on Jesus instead of us. In “See the Destined Day Arise,” we’ll sing, “Jesus, to redeem our loss, hangs upon the shameful cross.” The words of “Jesus, Thank You,” will help us express our gratefulness as we remember that “You, the perfect, holy One crushed Your Son, who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.” “The Gospel Song” will remind us that “by his death, I live again.”
We’ll move on to reflect on the immeasurable love God has shown us through the cross, using the songs, “See How He Loves Us” and “How Marvelous.”
Finally, we’ll take time to meditate on the beauty of Christ in the cross, and the joy of our union with him. “The King in All His Beauty” will help us see that while Christ was physically disfigured on the cross, he was no less beautiful in his Father’s eyes. Not should he be in ours. “Before the Throne of God Above,” will celebrate the reality of our union with Christ in his death and resurrection.
We can’t wait to sing these songs, to meditate on these gospel truths, and to do it with you. We hope you’ll join us!