When I survey the Wondrous Cross
By Issac Watts
When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My riches 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 all.
THANK GOD FOR THE OLD RUGGED CROSS!
COULD NOT AN OMNIPOTENT CHRIST CARRY HIS CROSS ALONE?
Why did our Lord not carry His cross by Himself? Certainly He had enough strength, for He had performed such marvelous miracles demonstrating that He possessed omnipotence.
Did not the Lord call upon His disciples to carry their crosses? Why then did He not carry His own...?
The Lord Jesus wanted to show that He was indeed fully a human being. But He also wanted to show us that we should never hesitate, no matter how strong we are, to allow others to help us carry our crosses.