This is the cross at the front of First Baptist Church of Stockton, California. Every Sunday, some other days as well, I sit in the service and think how beautiful this cross is, and I think how terrible a price was extracted from Jesus, our Savior, on another cross.
We are doing a Bible study on Wednesday evenings at the church titled simply, “The Cross,” based on the book of the same name by John R. W. Stott. The study opened this past Wednesday with a look at Isaiah 52:13-53:12, a passage of Scripture known as “the fourth servant song.” I won’t copy it all here, but you should read it. Grab a Bible or follow the link.
I see the cross, I read this passage, and I am left at an utter loss of words to explain how incredibly awestruck and grateful I am that Jesus would suffer so much for me.
And for you.
Galations 6:14 – “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Isaac Watts
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
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