Recently I’ve been reading a book about John Stott (I’ll be reviewing it later this month). Stott (1921-2011) was an English Anglican priest, well known as a leader in the worldwide evangelical movement. The book gives an overview of his life, but primarily deals with his theology. The chapter I’m reading right now explains his view of the atonement, and how crucial the cross is to a right understanding of the Christian faith. Some theologians seek to downplay the need for a sacrifice to atone for our sins, but Stott believed it to be central (so do I). That idea brought the hymn, In The Cross of Christ I Glory to my mind. Stott certainly gloried in the cross.
This hymn was written by another amazing English Christian, John Bowring (1792-1872). Bowring was a gifted linguist, translator and scholar. He had a distinguished career in politics and diplomacy. This hymn, written when Bowring was only thirty, focuses on the crucified Christ. It has been suggested that Galatians 6:14 is its’ basis:
“Far be it for me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Listen to the words this morning and glory in the realization that Christ gave His life for you!
For more about the cross and the crucifixion see these posts: