Monday, March 17, 2008

Wonderful Cross

We sang Wonderful Cross yesterday in church. The song made me think. If Christ had just died, it would have proved nothing. He could have chosen not to die on the cross. He willingly sufferred and died. Then, only then, could he rise again. When I think about the cross, I most often think about the suffering. It doesn't seem wonderful. Christ's willingness to die on the cross made it possible for me to "truly live". That is wonderful-- more than wonderful! I am going to spend time this week reading about Jesus's death (his predicted death and his actual death) and his resurrection. Today I am reading in John (started with John 12). I encourage you to open your Bible and read about the events surrounding Christ's death and resurrection. You can also go to Bible Gateway. Let Easter be a time of rebirth for your spirit.

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


Seth said...

Thanks for posting this. One of my favorites of all time. That and the "I Come to the Garden Alone" song.

Jessica said...

Great post just in time for Easter! Thanks Jane Anne! Hope you have a blessed Easter with your sweet family!

Fields Favorites said...

Thanks for encouraging me to read it all again, Jane Anne. That is such a wonderful song - floods my soul. Have a blessed Easter!

Kimberly said...

Yesterday while driving in the car I had the christian radio station on for a brief moment and they said - it wasn't nails that kept Jesus on the cross, it was His incredible love for US!
Thanks for this post.