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Timeless Good Friday Songs that Memorialize Jesus’ Sacrifice

Timeless Good Friday Songs that Memorialize Jesus’ Sacrifice

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

These were the words of Jesus Christ. He knew the power of sacrifice. That without sacrifice, you cannot really make a big impact in this world. Jesus knew that sacrifice was the one thing that would draw men back to God. His sacrifice (death on the cross) was going to be the rallying cry of His disciples in centuries to come.

As we remember His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, I have come across time-honored hymns and songs that still rung true today. These songs will help us relive the greatest sacrifice mankind has ever seen.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Words by: Isaac Watts (1707)
Music by: Hamburg,” Lowell Mason (1824)
Most Defining Words:

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Modern Version:

The Wonderful Cross – Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman


The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by: George Bennard (1913)
Most Defining Words:

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Modern Version:

The Old Rugged Cross Leo & Meagan Flores


Jesus Paid It All

Words by: (Originally, ” I hear the Savior say, Thy strength indeed is small” by Elvina M. Hall) (1865)
Music by: John Thomas Grape
Most Defining Words:

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Modern Version:

Jesus Paid It All by Reawaken (Acoustic Hymn)


Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

Words and Music by: Robert Lowry (1876)
Most Defining Words:

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Modern Version:

Andy Cherry – Nothing But The Blood


Rock of Ages

Words by: Augustus Montague Toplady (1775)
Music by: Thomas Hastings
Most Defining Words:

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die!

Modern Version:

Chris Rice – Rock Of Ages


How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Words & Music by: Stuart Townend (1990)
Most Defining Words:

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

This is a contemporary work.

Stuart Townend – How Deep the Father's Love For Us (Live)


I Stand Amazed in the Presence of Jesus the Nazarene

Words and Music by: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)
Most Defining Words:

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered, and died alone.

Modern Version:

I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) – Chris Tomlin – Passion 2014

These songs/hymns have very simple melody. They are easy to sing yet powerful and deep in meaning. Go through each song intently and experience the love of God through music.

Do you have other Good Friday Songs that you think should also be included in this list? Comment in on below.

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