Room at the Cross


For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:11-13).

Room at the Cross is another simple but all so truthful hymn that I never tire of hearing. I cannot say for certain when I first heard it. Room at the Cross speaks to me on each occasion of hearing it, even as a Christian. Let’s look at some truth that the points too.

First, there is salvation at the cross. Why do we need salvation anyway? As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Rom 3:10-12). For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Because we have sinned we are already sentenced to a bad end, in hell. For the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). There are no works we can do to change that; no amount of riches can change that. Yet Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and His shed blood give us hope. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many (Heb 9:27-28a). Christ died for all; all we have to do is call on Him to save us.

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Pet 1:17-19). Christ died for the whole world; there’s still room for you. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 Pet 2:2). That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:15). And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21).

There is peace at the cross. And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven (Col 1:20). For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby (Eph 2:14-16). Is your spirit troubled? Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).

There is protection in the cross of Christ. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Col 2:13-15).

There is glory in the cross of Christ but not glory for us but for our savior. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world (Gal 6:14). And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name (Phil 2:8-9). Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:2).

The lyrics of Room at the Cross (also referred to as There’s Room at the Cross for You) were penned by Ira Stanphill, an Assembly of God evangelist. One reference said Stanphill wrote the words at age 17 in 1931 long before the song was published with the melody in 1946. Stanphill wrote more than 50 Gospel songs and was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Hyles-Anderson College before his death.

The cross upon which Jesus died,
Is a shelter in which we can hide;
And its grace so free is sufficient for me,
And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea

Chorus: There’s room at the cross for you,
There’s room at the cross for you,
Tho millions have come, There’s still room for one
Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

Tho millions have found Him a friend,
And have turned from the sins they have sinned,
The Savior still waits to open the gates
And welcomes a sinner before it’s too late.

The hand of my Savior is strong,
And the love of my Savior is long;
Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain,
The blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain.

Sources: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/s/t/a/stanphill_if.htm; http://valdezlink.com/pages/room_at_the_cross.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Stanphill; King James Version of the Holy Bible

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). You are in “whosoever.” Will you call on Christ now?

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