Saturday, April 3, 2010

Why the Cross? (Part 5)

While we Christians look back at the Crucifixion as the most important event in the history of the world, we also look forward. We look forward to continuing to enjoy a fulfilled life in relationship with the living Jesus. We eagerly anticipate his Second Coming, and we are assured we have a great future beyond the grave – in the presence of Almighty God.

After reading these posts, hopefully you’ll have a better appreciation as to why Christian hymns and praise songs emphasize the cross. When we sing “Nothing but the blood of Jesus” it will take on a deeper meaning for us. When we sing “Lift high the cross” we’ll know why we want to lift it high. When we sing “Hallelujah! What a Savior” or “Victory in Jesus” we’ll better appreciate what Jesus did for us. When we stop and think of God’s love for us, how can we not be grateful and full of praise for all that God has done for us?
Like the hymn writer, we’ll want to say:

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

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