Isaac Watts, who lived from 1674 to 1749 continues to influence Christians worship over 250 years after his death. During his lifetime he wrote approximately 600 hymns, many of which are still used in worship today. In 1707, he wrote “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The words to the second verse are: “Forbid it Lord that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my Lord. All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.” This thought is surely based on the apostle Paul’s affirmation in Galatians 6:14, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” When we reflect on (survey) the cross, we should truly be amazed and humbled. When we survey the cross we see the reality of sin, for if it were not for mankind’s sin, the death of Jesus would not have been necessary. We also see the high cost of redemption. To redeem us required the death of the Son of God! The cost of redemption reminds us of how serious sin truly is. When we survey the cross we are reminded that the price for our redemption has been paid. Because of the cross we have been spared from condemnation. When we survey the cross we are told in no uncertain terms that God loves us. As unbelievable as it may seem, He really loves us. May we, like Paul, determine to glory only in the cross of Jesus.
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