1 The cross that stood on Calvary
Was God’s appointed plan;
To bridge the gulf that spread between
Himself and fallen man;
‘Tis there the spotless Lamb of God
Was offered for our sins;
‘Tis there, the sinner, crucified,
His newborn life begins.
O precious cross of Calvary,
Where Jesus conquered death for me,
I will glory in the cross, the mighty cross,
The cross of Calvary.
2 The cross that stood on Calvary,
By men of God foretold,
Who longed with eager hearts to see
Its mysteries unfold;
Unveiled to all the world today,
It stands, a beacon light;
While angels in their royal state,
Stand wondering at the sight. [Refrain]
3 I love the cross of Calvary,
Where Christ was crucified;
For by its pow’r the gates of light,
To all were opened wide;
It stands, an emblem to the world,
Of God’s abiding love;
It points the Lord’s redeemed of earth
To brighter scenes above. [Refrain]
Born: November 28, 1888, southwest Missouri.
Died: February 25, 1968, Lakeland, Florida.
Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland, Florida.
Born in the Ozark foothills, Hickman moved to Independence, Missouri, at age 16, and studied music with instructors in Kansas City. He came to Christ at age 20, and studied at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where he met his wife. They served in the evangelism field together until her death in 1942. Roger went on to serve as music & Christian education director at churches in Louisiana & Florida. He directed the Music Department at the Baptist Bible Institute in Lakeland, Florida (1949-53), & wrote over 100 Gospel songs. He & Arthur McKee compiled the first volume of Tabernacle Hymns in… Go to person page >