Must Jesus Bear the Cross
“Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?”
originally read “Shall Simon bear the
cross alone, and other saints be free.”
Thomas Shepherd, the author, used his
hymn after preaching about Simon Peter,
who was believed to have been crucified
upside down. Later, the hymn was altered
to refer to Jesus. The hymn was written
in 1693 and a year later, Shepherd made
his own decision to take up the cross
and follow Jesus. He left the Church of
England, where he was pastor in a
beautiful church building and became an
independent preacher in Nottingham barn.
He felt he could proclaim the true
gospel of Christ.
Jesus bear the cross alone
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for everyone,
And there’s a cross for me.
consecrated cross I’ll bear
Till death shall set me free,
And then go home my crown to wear,
For there’s a crown for me.
crystal pavement, down
At Jesus’ pierced feet,
Joyful I’ll cast my golden crown
And His dear name repeat.
precious cross! O glorious crown!
O resurrection day!
Ye angels, from the stars come down
And bear my soul away.
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