Near to the cross

(Octavius Winslow)

Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother.” John 19:25

Take your place near to the cross of Jesus.
He can enter into your circumstances, understand your grief, and sustain and soothe your spirit–as one only can, who has partaken of the cup of woe which now trembles in your hand. He drank deeply of it before you and has left the fragrance of His sympathy upon its brim. Your sorrow is not new to Christ. Stand close to the cross of Jesus! It is the most accessible and precious place on this side of Heaven–the most solemn and awesome spot on this side of eternity!the most accessible place

The cross of Jesus is the focus of . . .
divine love,
and divine power.

Stand by it in suffering, in persecution, and in temptation. Stand by it in the brightness of prosperity–and in the gloom of adversity.
Go to Christ’s cross in trouble,
repair to it in weakness,
cling to it in danger, and
hide beneath it when the wintry storm rushes fiercely over you.

Near to the cross, you are near your Father’s heart and your Savior’s side. You seem to enter the gate of Heaven–to stand beneath the vestibule of glory!

Nothing but love will welcome your approach to the cross of Jesus–divine love that . . .
pardons all your sins,
flows over all your unworthiness,
heals all your soul-wounds,
soothes all your sorrows,
and will shelter you within its blessed pavilion–until the earth is exchanged for Heaven, and you lay down the warrior’s sword for the victor’s palm, and spring from the foot of the cross to the foot of the throne–to be forever with your precious Lord!

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