“In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.”
–Fanny J. Crosby
Do you see yourself straying from the Cross? I know that whenever that happens it should be a warning sign that we are either becoming complacent, compromising, or cold. We should glory in the Cross, for that is our hope and our salvation. Why do you think the world hates it so much? It is the very antithesis of what the world stands for, practices and believes. The world can handle pluralism and globalism, but give it the Cross and they shudder. Then they sneer and snarl because the Cross reveals the evil in the hearts of men. The Cross shows that man cannot be his own god, but is in desperate need of a Savior.
“Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all–a healing stream,
Flow from Calv’ry’s mountain.”
I have been in the high Rockies and seen the streams flowing from the hillsides. I have camped next to the snow where a stream begins and quickly moves from the babbling brook to rushing whitewater. Put your hand in it, and it is so cold that it makes the flesh ache. We used to drink from those streams but pollution has taken its toll. However, the stream that flows from Calvary’s mountain will never become polluted. It is always pure and cleansing.
“Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Sheds its beams around me.”
The world tries to draw attention away from the Cross. There are lights and action that beckon man. “Come join us in the fun!” they seem to say. But they are false lights. They burn out or break but the light that comes from the Cross will always shine and guide our way. That is one reason why we cannot move away from the Cross; we need its light. As we go through life, we must make our decisions in the light of the Cross; it must be our filtering system.
“But if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].” –1 John 1:7 (AMP)