in the Cross of Jesus Christ
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forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of ourLord Jesus Christ."
the Lamb of God,
"slain from the foundation of the world".
1:29, 36 and Revelation 13:8)
"Somewhere, before earth's cornerstone was placed,
a hammer crashed in heaven—nails were driven."
Crucifixion was a political and military punishment.
The Romans who killed Jesus used it on the lowest
classes of society—slaves, violent criminals and the unruly.
Crucifying an individual satisfied a lust for revenge and brought great sadistic pleasure. It was the triumph of the state.
By displaying the victim naked at a prominent place, crucifixion represented the uttermost of humiliation.
Often the victim's corpse was never buried so that wild beasts could feed on the carcas.
The Meaning of the Cross From Crucifixion in the Ancient World and the Folly of the Cross by Martin Hengel
"O my Savior, make me see how dearly thou has paid for me." Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)
"The cross is the crystallized point in history where eternity merges with time." Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
"The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. His death was the very reason He came." Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
"God, to redeem us at the deepest portion of our nature—the urge to love and be loved—must reveal His nature in an incredible and impossible way. He must reveal it at a cross. At the cross God wrapped his heart in flesh and blood and let it be nailed to the cross for our redemption." E. Stanley Jones
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
"Through his death on the cross Jesus Christ not only readjusts a man in conscience and heart to God. He does something grander, He imparts to him the power to do all God wants, He presences him with divinity, the Holy Spirit, so that he is garrisoned from within,
and enabled to live without blame before God."
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
"The world's one and only remedy is the cross." Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
"The cross destroyed the equation religion equals happiness." Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
"God sat in silence while the sins of the world were placed upon His Son. Was it right? No. Was it fair? No. Was it love? Yes. In a world of injustice, God once and for all tipped the scales in the favor of hope." Max Lucado
"God came to earth to do the one thing he could not do in heaven. Die." Ken Gire
"For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness; but to us who are saved it is the power of God . . . we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24 NAS)
"The cross represents one thing for believers— complete, entire, absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
"Anyone can believe that Jesus was a god: what is so hard to credit is that He who hung upon the cross was the God." John Neville Figgis
"God forgives sin only because of the death of Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
"Not all the vials of judgment that have or shall be poured out upon this wicked world, nor the flaming furnace of a sinner's conscience, nor the irrevocable sentence pronounced against the rebellious devils, nor the groans of the damned creatures, give such a demonstration of God's hatred of sin, as the wrath of God let loose upon His Son!" Puritan writer Stephen Charnock, from The Attributes of God
"The cross is the ladder to heaven." Thomas Draxe (D. 1618)
"Starting with Adam, men have rejected God, becom- ing occupied with serving themselves. Even as a jilted lover, God never let go." Anonymous
"Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin." (Hebrews 9:22)
"There is a place at which God and the cosmic reality are reconciled, a place at which God and man have become one. That and that alone is what enables man
to set his eyes upon God and the world at the same time. This place does not lie somewhere out beyond reality in the realm of ideas. It lies in the midst of history as a divine miracle. It lies in Jesus Christ, the reconciler of the world." Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906- 1945)
"The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the riven rock—riven by the spear which pierced His side.
No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul
like Calvary's tragedy." Charles Spurgeon (1834- 1892)
"O Jesus, 'despised and rejected of men,' how couldst Thou die for men who treated Thee so ill? Herein is love amazing, love divine, yea, love beyond degree.
We, too, have despised Thee in the days of our unregeneracy, and even since our new birth we have set the world on high in our hearts, and yet Thou bleedest to heal our wounds, and diest to give us life."
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
"Never was living beauty so enchanting as a dying Saviour." Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
"Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to thy cross
I cling." Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)
"For I determined not to know anything among you,save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)
Prayer Answered by Crosses
by John Newton
I ask'd the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and ev'ry grace,
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.
'Twas he who taught me thus to pray,
And he, I trust has answer'd pray'r;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.
I hop'd that in some favour'd hour,
At once he'd answer my request:
And by his love's constraining pow'r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, he made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow'rs of hell
Assault my soul in ev'ry part.
Yea more, with his own hand he seem'd
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Cross'd all the fair designs I schem'd,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.
Lord, why is this, I trembling cry'd,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
"'Tis in this way," the Lord reply'd,
"I answer pray'r for grace and faith.
"These inward trials I employ,
"From self and pride to set thee free;
"And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
"That thou mayst seek thy all in me."
The Prophetic Message of the Cross
written around 681 years before the birth of Christ
Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him,
nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and like one from whom men hide their face,
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He himself bore, and our sorrows He carried;
yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
and by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth;
like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
so He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off
out of the land of the living,
for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
yet He was with a rich man in His death,
because He had done no violence,
nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief;
if He would render himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days,
and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
by His knowledge the Righteous One,
My servant,will justify the many,
as He will bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
and He will divide the booty with the strong;
because He poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet He himself bore the sin of many,
and interceded for the transgressors.