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Track Name: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus
Author: Poem written by Larry Jordan for John Jordan
Track Location:
Disc One Track 9
Track Length:
3 Minutes 26 seconds
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Poem written by Larry Jordan for John Jordan


In a lonely stream in a far off place,

a stone lay undisturbed, it’s face a cloudy mass the same as all the rest. 

Passed over and stepped upon by worst and best,

until one day a special one while passing by,

Paused… turned … with practiced eye, reached down and touched this bit of stone,

And took it from its watery home turning it this way and that,

examined it as there he sat and contemplated…

Excitement growing, potential riches beyond his knowing

could lay beneath that lithic cloud. 

And yet, afraid, he said out loud “I’ve found it!”


So, with His prize, he journeyed on to find the Master Cutter’s home.

The Master sat in speculation, seeing all this stone could be.

Elation touched His eye, and so, with reverential hush, He took His cutter’s pose

With expert stroke, from worthless rock, a priceless gem arose.


The stone, a man, in world’s embrace,

In mired in mud with cloudy face could remain forever buried,

had not a special one unhurried reached down and claimed this stone,

and saw the priceless gem it could become.


And yet, the job was not complete, until it faced that final feat,

The Master’s stroke, the cutter’s blade,

to face that moment yet afraid,

But, knowing well without that touch, that worthless rock would ne’er be much,

would never be what it could be, a priceless joy for all to see.


This man in faith beneath the blade awaited the final cut be made.

The fateful stroke though filled with pain produced the rainbow through the rain.


The Master smiled, the cutting done, and whispered,

“Welcome home, my son.”


I take, O cross, thy shadow, for mine abiding place.

I ask no other sunshine, than the sunshine of His face.

Content to let the world go by, to know no gain or loss,

My sinful self, my only shame, my glory all the cross.


Hymn “Beneath The Cross of Jesus” Text: Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830-1869
Music: Frederick C. Maker, 1844-1927

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