Cling to the cross!

(James Smith, Cling to the Cross! 1857)

Cling to the cross—though your sins rise up before you . . .Cling to the cross
like mountains for their size;
like the sands on the sea shore for their number;
and glowing like scarlet and crimson, in color!

For no sins, however great, or however numerous—should tempt us to despond, or to let go of our hold on the cross—seeing the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from ALL sin.

There is a ‘buoyancy’ in the cross—which will never let anyone sink, who clings to it!

If our sins were as ponderous as the globe, or as numerous as all the particles of created matter—yet embracing the cross of Jesus—they are all forgiven, and forgiven forever!

They are all blotted out—like the dark clouds, which obscured the sun for a little while on the summer’s morning!

Because They are all blotted out—like a stone cast from an angel’s hand into the depths of ocean!

Therefore They are all forgiven and forgotten forever!

Cling to the cross!

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“How does the thief on the cross fit into your theology?

 No baptism, no communion, no
confirmation, no speaking in tongues,
no mission trip, no volunteerism, and
no church clothes. He couldn’t even bend
 his knees to pray. He didn’t say the sinner’s
prayer and among other things he was a thief.
Jesus didn’t take away his pain, heal his body,
or smite the scoffers Yet it was a thief who
walked into heaven the same hour as Jesus
simply by believing. He had nothing more to
offer other than his belief that Jesus was who He said he was.
No spin from brilliant theologians, Nor ego or arrogance.
And No shiny lights, skinny jeans, or crafty words.
No haze machine, donuts or coffee in the entrance.
Just a naked dying man on a cross unable to even
fold his hands to pray.”
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