"The cross of Christ shows us that God's love is of deepest descent...universal distribution ...and of eternal duration."
[Dr. Fred Barlow]

"It was inevitable that Jesus Christ should be crucified. It was also inevitable that He should rise again."
[H. R. L. Sheppard]

"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown."
[William Penn]

"We live and die: Christ died and lived!"
[John Stott]

"Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death."
[Soren Kierkegaard]

"All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it,
while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning."
[Oswald Chambers]

"The Cross was the manifestation of Divine love without reserve or limit;
but it was also the expression of man's unutterable malignity."
[Sir Robert Anderson]

"The cross is a one time, visual representation of God's grief over sin."
[Dean H. Harvey]

"It is the crucifixion that distinguishes the new message from the mythologies of all other people."
[Martin Hengel]

 "So the main question is not, Which humans brought about the death of Jesus but,
What did the death of Jesus bring about for humans - including Jews and Muslims
and Buddhists and Hindus and nonreligious secularists - and all people everywhere?
When it is all said and done, the most crucial question is: Why?
Why did Christ suffer and die? Not why in the sense of cause,
but why in the sense of purpose?"
[John Piper]

"No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like the scene on Calvary.
 Nowhere does the soul find such consolation as on that very spot where misery reigned,
where woe triumphed, where agony reached its climax."
[C. H. Spurgeon]

"Yes, Calvary's cross and the crucified Christ surely speak, 'God does care,
God does want to share, God does want to bear your sins and your sorrows.'"
[Dr. Fred Barlow]

"That Jesus of Nazareth died upon a cross is mere matter of history; that He who did so die was
the Christ the Son of God is entirely a matter of revelation."
[Sir Robert Anderson]

"Christ is the Son of God. He died to atone for men's sin, and after three days rose again.
This is the most important fact in the universe. I die believing in Christ."
 [Note found under his pillow, in prison, at his death. Watchman Nee]

"Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot.
The reality is so horrible, it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith."
[W. H. Auden]

"...death was not Jesus' penalty; it was His destiny. It was not His lot in life; it was His mission. It was not His unavoidable fate;
 it was His purpose statement for coming to earth that first Christmas: 'Born to die.'"
[Bill Crowder, The Path of His Passion]

"Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection."
[Watchman Nee] 

"Jesus went to the cross because God is holy and sin must be punished."
[John K. Hutcheson, Sr.]

"Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter Day."
Phillips Brooks, An Easter Carol

“The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and, if necessary, at the greatest cost,
to the least deserving. That’s what God did.
At the loss of His Son’s life to the totally undeserving, God gave the best gift –
 the display of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.” 
[John Piper]

"We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light
conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Saviour's crucifixion."
[Phillips Brooks]

"Altruism is written in everlasting and resplendent character on the Cross of Christ,
and it was at Calvary that the centre of life was shifted from selfishness to sacrifice."
[John Weber]

 "Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection."
[Watchman Nee]
"The way of the cross is the way of suffering. Christians are called to die, not kill,
in order to show the world how they are loved by Christ."
[John Piper]

"The marvel of heaven and earth, of time and eternity, is the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
This is the mystery that brings more glory to God than all creation."
[C. H. Spurgeon]

"Remember, the Savior offered His forgiveness to others before they wanted it...
The Redeemer's first word from the cross is a prayer not for those who are lovable,
but for those who are thoroughly detestable."
[Andrew W. Blackwood, Jr. - Comments on Jesus statement
 "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."]

"The cross on which the Savior hung was not a tragic incident in the earth-life of the Son of God
but rather the climax of a deliberate plan made in the councils of heaven
before the creation of the present order of the cosmos."
[Harold Rimmer]

"If we do not do this our churches will lighthouses without light, wells without water, dumb witnesses,
sleeping watchmen, silent trumpets, messengers without tidings, a comfort for infidels,
jubilant joys to the devil, and an offense to God."
[Robert E. Lee - On the Preaching of the Cross]

We do not attach any intrinsic value to the Cross; this would be sinful and idolatrous.
 Our veneration is referred to Him who died upon it."
[James, Cardinal Gibbons]

"And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken
by the prophet, they parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots."
 [Matthew 27:35]

"The cross has become so widely used as religious jewelry...even a sign of good luck that
it has lost much of it original meaning and horror. It has become so generally accepted, in fact,
 that everyone from devoted followers of Christ to hard rock musicians wear its image around their necks."
[Jesus, Who is this Man who says He's God?, p. 7, Radio Bible Class]

"No one [Jesus] ever deserved suffering less, yet received so much...
one one has ever had a greater right to retaliate,
but used it one has ever borne so much injustice with so little vengeance."
 [John Piper]

"The Cross! There, and there only (though the deist rave, and the atheist,
if Earth bears so base a slave);
There and there only, is the power to save."
[William Cowper]

"The devil has convinced so many people that they are worthless.
Each of us needs to stop and remember the cross—at the cross we will discover our true value—
for it is here that we discover the price God was willing to pay for us,
the depth of His love, and how much we are worth to Him." 
 [Roy Lessin]

"Jesus died praying. His last words were words of prayer. The habit of life was strong in death.
It may seem far off; but this event will come to us also. What will our last words be?
Who can tell? But would it not be beautiful if our spirit were so steeped in the habit of prayer
that the language of prayer came naturally to us at the last?"
[James Stalker]

"It has been the cross which has revealed to good men that their goodness has not been good enough."
[Johann Hieronymus Schroder]

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and
that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
[Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4]


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