Thinking Out Loud

October 3, 2010

The Cross of Christ: Our Central Theme

“I must die or get somebody to die for me. If the Bible doesn’t teach that it doesn’t teach anything.” ~ Dwight L. Moody
“The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on his shoulders. If he bids us carry a burden he carries it also.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
“Jesus now has many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His cross.” ~ Thomas a Kempis
“In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes him dangerous. Because of Easter, I have to listen to his extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from his sayings. Moreover, Easter means he must be loose out there somewhere.” ~ Philip Yancey
“God proved his love on the cross. When Christ hung, bled and died it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.'” ~ Billy Graham


  1. The preaching of the cross is to those who perish, foolishness. But to those who are saved it is the power of God unto salvation. 1 Cor 1:18

    The cross – or rather the finished work of Christ on the cross – IS the centre of our faith.

    It is ONLY because of what Christ accomplished there, and God’s acceptance of that as revealed by the resurrection, that we have Life – very real and abundant life – in Christ.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 3, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  2. The central theme of the cross has been lost to many in this generation. It seems too bloody and personal…thank you for these great quotes that draw us back to the reason we have life in Him

    Comment by Cynthia — October 3, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  3. “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” ~ Gal. 6:14

    “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.

    Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.

    See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

    Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
    ~Isaac Watts, 1707

    Comment by Laura — October 4, 2010 @ 1:56 am

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