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June 6, 2019

In 1707 Isaac Watts published what many believe to be one of the greatest hymns ever written – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Consider his wonderful words:

When I survey the wond'rous 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.

Isaac Watt’s hymn encourages us to “survey the wondrous cross”. We should study the cross, think about the cross, meditate on the wondrous truths of the cross. This leads us to one the greatest statements about the cross in all the Bible:

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

This is the theme of this week's Bible study at the West Virginia state capitol.

The English pastor and church leader J.C. Ryle wrote a little booklet simple titled The Cross of Christ that immensely helps us "survey the wond'rous cross". Our lesson shares some of the glorious things Ryle taught that we see when we look at the cross.

Please pray for the leaders, elected officials, lobbyists, and staff to come to know and understand better the breadth and length and height and depth of God's love demonstrated at the cross!

 

 

Tim Pauley

Capitol Commission West Virginia