The Cross Before the Crown

Rejected by His own

Betrayed and denied by His friends

He carried the cross

Before He received His crown

To Him was given a thorny crown

Which pierced His flesh

While He carried man’s cross

To receive His crown

Crucified we are with Him

In obedience following the steps

That lead to Calvary

So we may receive our crown

Through the valleys and deserts

Through the mountains of joy

With self-denial until death

We will receive our crown

Through the narrow gate

We must go

Carrying our cross following Him

Not I but Christ

Our strength to persevere

Until the end

When finally He trades

Our cross for our crown

For it is not ours but His

Through Him we were saved

Honor and glory will be His

While we give Him our crown.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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