Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Cross Is Everything

It has been a long time, I know. I could very easily blame it on all of this college chaos. At least in this instance, the easiest excuse is also closest to the truth. I could ramble on about how all of the excitement/stress/sadness/nervousness has left me emotionally exhausted, but anyone who has ever left home already knows what I'm talking about.

Instead, just a quote that I love:

"Would I gather arguments for hoping that I shall never be cast away? Where shall I go to find them? Shall I look at my own graces and gifts? Shall I take comfort in my own faith and love, and penitence and zeal and prayer? Shall I turn to my own heart and say, 'This same heart will never be false and cold'?

"Oh no! God forbid! I will look at Calvary and the crucifixion. This is my grand argument: this is my mainstay. I cannot think that He who went through such suffering to redeem my soul, will let that soul perish after all, when it has once cast itself on Him. Oh no! What Jesus paid for me will surely keep. He paid dearly for it: He will not let it easily be lost. He died for me when I was yet a dark sinner: He will not forsake me after I have believed.

"Ah, reader, when Satan tempts you to doubt whether Christ’s people will be kept from falling, you should tell Satan that you cannot despair when you look at the cross." -J.C. Ryle