“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Galatians 6:14).
“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:38).
“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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Based on what the Bible says about the cross, in 1707, Isaac Watts wrote the song, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Death by crucifixion is the cruelest death by which one could die, and when we think of the cross we should think about what Jesus suffered for us. He did this to provide salvation for us, and not for any wrong that He had done.
What can we see when we “survey the wondrous cross?”
1. We can see sacrifice in Jesus on the cross.
2. We see the love of God above the cross.
3. We see sin in the criminals on either side of the cross of Jesus.
4. We see hatred from the devil as he is behind the cross and responsible for Jesus death on the cross.
5. We see indifference in the soldiers beneath the cross.
6. We see dedication in the women near the cross.
7. We see disappointment in the disciples away from the cross.
8. We see ignorance in revilers around the cross.
What do you see? I hope you see love and sacrifice for you, and knowing the guilt of sin, that you will obey Jesus who provided salvation for you.
The Bible teaches, that to be saved, we must believe in Jesus (John 8:24); repent of sins (Luke 13:3); confess Jesus as God’s Son (Matthew 10:32-33); and be baptized (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). Then live for Jesus (Revelation 2:10).
If we see the cross properly and obey as the Bible teaches, we can rejoice in our salvation and in heaven for eternity.
– Douglas M. Williams, Sr.