10 Modern Worship Songs on the Cross of Jesus Christ

Updated on April 2, 2018
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We can all turn to the Cross of Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness from God. The Cross is there to help us understand God's plan for mankind and receive His everlasting love.

Many hymns like "The Old Rugged Cross," "Near the Cross," "At the Cross," "There is Power in the Blood," and others have opened my heart to understand how our Lord poured out his soul for us when He gave us His only Son. Songs venerating the Cross should be sung every Sunday and in services during the week, not just for Easter.

Here are 10 worship songs about Jesus' Cross that have touched my heart and helped me always to remember the purpose of Christ's death—his sacrifice and love for all.

  1. "Man of Sorrows" by Hillsong Worship
  2. "Jesus Thank You" by Sovereign Grace Music
  3. "What Would I Have Done" by Bethel Music
  4. "Jesus, Son of God" by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels
  5. "Great, Great God" by Gateway Worship
  6. "Victor's Crown" by Darlene Zschech
  7. "To the Cross" by Paul Baloche
  8. "This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham
  9. "Power of the Cross" by Natalie Grant
  10. "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" by Casting Crowns

I included the lyric videos and a short description of each song below—plus two bonus songs!

That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

— Romans 10:9-10

1. "Man of Sorrows" by Hillsong Worship

"Man of Sorrows" is a song by Hillsong Worship (formerly Hillsong Live), a worship music group out of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. They sing from their hearts and souls about Jesus life, crucifixion, and resurrection.

Oh that rugged cross my salvation, Where your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out Hallelujah, Praise and honor unto thee.

2. "Jesus Thank You" by Sovereign Grace Music

In their song, "Jesus Thank You," Sovereign Grace Music brings a full understanding of why Jesus died on the Cross for us.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

– Romans 5:1-2

3. "What Would I Have Done" by Bethel Music

Worship leaders, Brian and Jenn Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, sing a wonderfully beautiful song about how we must never forget the ultimate price Jesus paid for our salvation.

I will not forget the cross, the pain that You endured for us
Where You carried brokenness and shame
Never to forget the day Your love broke through to make a way
For hope to rise within my heart again

What would I have done if it wasn't for Your love
The love that tore the veil inside my heart
What would I have become if it wasn't for Your blood
The blood You gave for all on the cross."

4. "Jesus, Son of God" by Chris Tomlin With Christy Nockels

Worship leader and songwriter, Chris Tomlin, with Christy Nockels, released "Jesus, Son of God" in 2013. This is from his album, Passion: White Flag. It is a truly inspirational song that draws us to the cling to the Cross.

On the altar of our praise, Let there be no higher name
Jesus Son of God, You laid down Your perfect life
You are the sacrifice, Jesus Son of God
You are Jesus Son of God

You took our sin, You bore our shame
You rose to life, You defeated the grave
A love like this, the world has never known.

5. "Great, Great God" by Gateway Worship

"Great, Great God" is by Gateway Worship Team from Gateway Church in Texas. It tells of the importance of the Cross of Christ and how it affects each one of us personally.

6. "Victor's Crown" by Darlene Zschech

This amazing song, "Victor's Crown," is from well-known worship leader, Darlene Zschech. It was written by Kari Jobe, Israel Houghton, and Darlene Zschech. This is a phenomenally anointed album that will draw you to the Heart of Christ and will keep you thirsting more of the Lord. Here are some of the lyrics:

At the cross the work was finished
You were buried in the ground
But the grave could not contain You
For You wear the Victor's crown.

Hallelujah
You have overcome
You have overcome
Hallelujah
Jesus, You have overcome the world.

Every high thing must come down
Every stronghold shall be broken
You wear the Victor's crown
You overcome, You overcome.

7. "To The Cross" by Paul Baloche

Anointed worship leader and songwriter, Paul Baloche, in his song, "To the Cross," tells of how we should run to the Cross of Jesus Christ and surrender all we have in order to receive freedom and forgiveness.

8. "This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham

Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Phil Wickham, in his song, "This Is Amazing Grace," poured out his heart and expressed all that the Cross has accomplished.

For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

– Ephesians 2:8

9. "Power of the Cross" by Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant is a contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. Here are some of the lyrics to this song:

That's the power of the Cross
See the chains fall
That's the power of the Cross

10. Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns

Contemporary Christian band, Casting Crowns, gives us a modern take on a traditional hymn, "One Day," written by John Wilber Chapman.

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain

One day they nailed Him to die on a tree

Suffering anguish, despised and rejected

Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree

And took the nails for me

Two Bonus Songs

"Calvary" by Hillsong Worship

"The Cross Is My Confession" by Kari Jobe

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        Janellegems 9 months ago from United States

        Thank you Danny for your comment. I appreciate it.

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        Danny C. 9 months ago

        Great worship songs on the cross. Wonderful list. Thanks.

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        Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

        Thanks Msdora for your comment. Happy Easter.

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        Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

        Thank you for doing the work--assembling this list of Ester songs. I my not be able to hear all, but you have give me gret songs from which to choose. Happy Easter!

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