“May I never 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
It may be profitable to yet linger a little while at the cross—that we may again survey its glory, and feel its soul-subduing power. In the cross of Christ—all the divine perfections are gloriously and harmoniously displayed. Infinite love, inviolable truth, and inflexible justice are all seen, in their brightest and most beautifully mingled colors. The heavens declare the glory of God—but the glory of the cross outshines the wonders of the skies! God’s moral perfections are here displayed, which are the highest glory of His character. The cross of Christ is our only hope of everlasting life. As we stand before it, and view the exhibition of the Savior’s love—we resolve to live unto Him who died for us. The world ceases to charm. We become crucified to the world—and the world crucified to us. Sin appears infinitely hateful. We regard it as the accursed thing which caused the death of our beloved Lord—and we grow strong in the purpose to wage an exterminating war against it. By all the Savior’s agonies, we vow to have no peace with sin forever. The cross is the place for penitential tears. We look on Him whom we have pierced, and mourn. Contemplating Jesus’ sin-atoning sacrifice, is the highest motive to holiness. The cross is a holy place, where we learn . . . to be like Christ, to hate sin as He hated it, and to delight in the law of God which was in His heart. In the presence of the cross, we feel that omnipotent grace has taken hold of our heart—and we surrender to dying love. The doctrine of the cross needs no other demonstration of its divine origin—than its power to sanctify the heart, and bring it into will and joyful subjection to Christ.
(John L.Dagg, “Manual of Theology”)