The Wondrous Cross

He was hurt because of us; he suffered so.
    Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.
He endured the breaking that made us whole.
    The injuries he suffered became our healing.
We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep,
    scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits;
The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer,
    the sins of us all.
~Isaiah 53:5-6 
 
When I survey the wondrous cross,
    On which the Prince of glory died,
My riches 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.
~Isaac Watts
“To be a follower of the Crucified Christ means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross.  And the cross always entails loss.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot
(Once again, copied and pasted from the marvelous emails of cc…)
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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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8 Responses to The Wondrous Cross

  1. A beautiful post – and all I can say is a big AMEN to it!:-) And thank you for visiting my blog and taking an interest in it. I really appreciate it. Blessings and greetings from Hungary.

  2. Many years ago, our pastor challenged us to sing the last verse of that hymn “SHALL HAVE my soul, my life, my all”.
    I like Elizabeth Elliot’s quote. To ‘take up our cross’ as Jesus said, meant to count ourselves as dead. We can do no other when we come to know Him.
    What an amazing Saviour!
    What an amazing God!

  3. granbee says:

    Dear Greg, bless you for including in this post one of my favorite hymns, made more meaningful in childhood by my dear grandparents singing it with me when I first learned to play it correctly on their piano! This deep, heart-wrenching experience of the meaning of the Christ’s Cross on Calvary was driven into me when I participated in our church’s Good Friday readings of the Stations of the Cross. I was asked to read the Fourth Station, where Jesus carrying His cross stops to speak to women crying along the way. Completely heart-wrenching and soul-twisting into new shapes more available to Him!

  4. sunsetwonder says:

    When I wrote my post on the Easter crucifixion, I traced what God the Son Jesus had gone through from the time of his arrest to his death on the cross, what terrible suffering he had endured to take the punishment for my sins so that I can escape eternal hell the lake of fire and will be in heaven with Him for eternity. It brought me to tears, I love my Lord and Savior Jesus.

  5. Oh Amen and Amen! Thank you for your many visits to my blog. God Bless you both and Happy Ressurection Sunday!

    Sherline 😀

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