For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
When I survey the wondrous cross, I find the power of the cross to save me. I find a Savior there, the One who made me and came to redeem me from my sin. He bore my sin and poured out His blood to cover and extend His mercy to me. Mercy to receive His forgiveness, grace to receive His favor. His mercy makes me free. His grace makes me His friend. This grace is free yet cost Him everything.
When I survey the wondrous cross, I find wondrous grace, grace that is not a license to do what I want but freedom to do what I ought. If I use the covering of grace to continue willfully and defiantly in my sin, I become even worse than the soldiers that mocked the Lord, tore His body and spat in His face as they hung Him on that cross. They did not know what and to whom they were doing these things. I do.
When I survey the wondrous cross, His grace is and will always be sufficient to cover all my sin. As I look into His eyes as He hung on that cross, God forbid that I should heap greater insult on Him and His gift of grace by continuing in my sin.
Even though the cross was an instrument of death, when I survey the wondrous cross on which my wonderful and precious Savior died, I find victory and life. Life abundant, life full and free, life eternal with the One who died for me!
Today’s Prayer: Lord, today I survey the wondrous cross on which You died. Help me to remember its profound significance in my daily life. Thank you for Your mercy and Your grace. Help me to live out the abundant life, full and free, that You have paid for on the cross in such a way that others look at that cross and find You wondrous too.