Foot Washing and Cross-Bearing

Have you ever washed someone’s feet? I have. A couple times in various contexts. It sounds gross. But it wasn’t. Really. In our day, our feet are protected from wear and tear. We drive or ride to get to work, school, and home. We rarely walk more than a hundred yards and when we do,…

The Grace of the Cross

Taken from Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions O MY SAVIOR, I thank Thee from the depths of my being for Thy wondrous grace and love in bearing my sin in Thine own body on the tree. May Thy cross be to me as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs, as…

The Central Meaning of the Cross

J. Gresham Machen: The Cross of Christ is certainly a noble example of self-sacrifice; but if it be only a noble example of self-sacrifice, it has no comfort for burdened souls; it certainly shows how God hates sin; but if it does nothing but show how God hates sin, it only deepens our despair; it…

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

By Isaac Watts, 1707 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…

Knowing What God Has Prepared for Those Who Love Him

You have heard it said with a warm tone during a small group. You have seen it plastered on a coffee mug or a Bible cover at a Christian book store. You have even quoted it to yourself in hard times. What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,…

This I Believe: The Redemption of Christ

The Redemption of Christ I believe the only hope for man’s salvation is the redemption purchased by Jesus Christ who came to save sinners. In Christ’s incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, he acted as our representative and substitute. On the cross, he canceled sin, satisfied God’s wrath, bore the full penalty of our sin,…