Friday, July 13, 2007

How Wonderful is the Cross?

How wonderful is the cross? Are you willing to die because of it? Are you willing to give it all up for the cross? Are you willing to repent and walk away from your pride, selfishness, and sin? Are you willing to kill your flesh and say no to worldly passions? Are you willing to speak truth and boldly proclaim the gospel message even when others will call you a freak or a fool? Are you willing to take action and truly surrender your heart, your soul, your life, your everything? Are you willing to take up your cross?

Jesus didn't just talk about the cross, he didn't just think about the sacrifice, he took action and lived it. It was completely real to him. He gave up everything. His death was real. His sacrifice was real. His commitment was complete. He took up his cross - the wonderful cross.

I was worshipping this morning in my office and my heart and mind were so incredibly moved by the lyrics of "The Wonderful Cross":
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

See from his head, his hands, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

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