The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!

(James Smith, "Manna in the Wilderness" 1863)

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" Galatians 6:14

In the cross we see . . .
  the rights of divine justice maintained,
  the designs of divine mercy revealed;
  sin appearing exceedingly sinful;
  the law magnified and honored, and
  the law-breaker pardoned and delivered!

At the cross, God and sinners meet — and a reconciliation takes place.
Here, man drops the weapons of rebellion — and God lays aside the sword of divine displeasure.
Here, the works of Satan are destroyed — and the gates of paradise are thrown open.
Here, the creditor is discharged, his every crime is atoned for — and everlasting righteousness is completed!
Here, God is "just, and the justifier of the one who believes in Jesus."

At the cross . . .
  mercy takes the throne,
  justice guards her rights,
  holiness maintains her prerogative,
  the sinner has hope, and
  iniquity is forever atoned for!

At the cross . . .
  we are stripped of self — and clothed with Christ;
  we lose our fears — and obtain the sweetest comforts;
  we find paradise restored — and have a foretaste of glory;
  Jehovah is revealed as the sinner's friend;
  death is destroyed as the believer's foe;
  Satan's . . .
    folly is published,
    designs are frustrated, and
    character is exposed to perpetual shame.

At the cross . . .
  all the truths of revelation center,
  all the perfections of Deity unite,
  and the way to eternal life is opened!

The Cross of Jesus! May it be . . .
  the emblem of my faith,
  the subject of my song,
  the antidote of my sorrows,
  and the glory of my soul!

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" Galatians 6:14