1. Jesus, keep me near the cross;
there a precious fountain,
free to all, a healing stream,
flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
be my glory ever,
till my raptured soul shall find
rest beyond the river.
2. Near the cross, a trembling soul,
love and mercy found me;
there the bright and morning star
sheds its beams around me.
3. Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
bring its scenes before me;
help me walk from day to day
with its shadow o’er me.
4. Near the cross I’ll watch and wait,
hoping, trusting ever,
till I reach the golden strand
just beyond the river.
There are many reasons why Christ’s death on the cross is important. First, Jesus’ dying on the cross is the only way we are able to establish a relationship with God the Father. If Jesus’ death and resurrection did not happen, we would not be able to have this relationship with God the Father because our sin separates us from God until we receive salvation through Christ. Salvation is not possible without Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus made this possible by taking upon our sins with Him on the cross and dying for us.
Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and then being raised from the dead, we are given the opportunity to have a place in His kingdom. Jesus clearly explains that the only ones who will enter into heaven are those who believe and accept Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 3:16, 14:6). The most important decision you will ever make is to accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
If Jesus didn’t die on the cross we would not be able to have the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts after we are saved known as “born-again. This is a gift from Jesus after His death. Christ told us about this in the book of John 14:16 that He will send an “advocate” in His place for us. The Holy Spirit is also our “comforter” and gives us strength and courage in such a wicked world we live in.
Finally, Christ’s resurrection gives us the assurance we will also receive perfectly resurrected bodies after our death and will be given these bodies when we go live in His kingdom as He is preparing a place for us..