April 19, 2019

Surveying the Wondrous Cross

April 19, 2019


John 18:1 – 19:42
This weekend’s reading: Matthew 28:1-10


Good Friday has arrived. Jesus has been betrayed and handed over to the authorities for torture and execution by crucifixion. Love has found its ultimate expression in Jesus’ willingness to give his life for the world’s brokenness. Contemplate this love as you read the following hymn written by Issac Watts in the 18th century:

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.


  • Issac Watts’ hymn says, “All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.” What are the “vain things” that charm you most? What would it look like for you to sacrifice them to Jesus?


  • Today is the day when we remember that Jesus loved the world so much that he gave everything — including his life — to show us that love. We can show love to our family and friends, too. Think of something to show your love today — maybe draw a picture, or pick a bouquet of flowers, or do a chore around the house without being asked.


Holy Lord, Savior and Friend, we thank you in awed gratitude for the sacrifice you made on our behalf. We ask for the grace to freely give you our souls, our lives, our all. Amen.