Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Looking At the World Through the Cross

Jesus could accomplish man's redemption in no other way than by crucifixion. He must die and die the death of the cross. What light and glory beam around the cross!

Of what prodigies of grace is it the instrument, of what glorious truths is it the symbol, of what mighty, magic power is it the source! Around it, gathers all the light of the Old Testament economy. It explains every symbol,it substantiates every shadow,it solves every mystery,it fulfills every type,it confirms every prophecy  of that dispensation which had eternally remained unmeaning and inexplicable except for the death of the Son of God upon the cross!

Not the past only, but all future splendor gathers around the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. It assures us of the ultimate reign of the Savior, and tells of the reward which shall spring from His sufferings! And while its one arm points to the divine counsels of eternity past with the other it points to the future triumph and glory of Christ's kingdom in the eternity to come. Such is the lowly, yet sublime; the weak, yet mighty instrument by which the sinner is saved, and God eternally glorified!

[Octavius Winslow]

Philippians 2:8 ... And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Galatians 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.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ... For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.