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WISE SURRENDER— CROSS OF CHRIST

WISE SURRENDER— CROSS OF CHRIST

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BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR


And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Him-
self, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of
the cross. Phil. 2: 8.
BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR


And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Him-
self, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of
the cross. Phil. 2: 8.

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WISE SURREDER— CROSS OF CHRIST BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Him- self, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross. Phil. 2: 8. Think you to escape. What mortal man can never be without, What saint upon the earth has ever lived apart from cross and care? Why, even Jesus Christ our Lord, was not even one hour free from His passion's pain. " Christ " : said he, needs must suffer. Rising from the dead, And enter thus upon His glory. And liow do you ask for another road Than this— The Royal Pathway of the Holy Cross?  — Thomas a Kempis. GHRIST sways to-day the sceptre of universal empire, because he once hung upon the cross as the world's Redeemer. The cross was the symbol of the most painful, shameful, and ignominious death. But it is now set before us as the symbol of victorious faith. To the proud Roman and to the cultured Greek, the cross was the symbol of infamy. To us it is the symbol of so much that is beauti- ful and glorious, that it is almost impossible for us to associate with it the ideas of ignominy which it once suggested. Far different was it when Christ hung thereon. When the Apostle Paul in writing the epistle to the Phil- ippians, would describe our Lord's deepest humiliation, he carries us down, step by step, from the sublime height
 
of equality with God, to obedience unto death; and then as the last downward plunge, he adds, " even the death of the cross." Lower than that he could not go. And the God of all grace, who called you unto His eternal glory in Christ, after that we have suffered a little while, shall Himself perfect, estabHsh, strengthen you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. I Pet. 5: 10. 262 ROYAL MESSAGES 9-18 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy. Job 38: 4, 7. The morning stars in choral concert sang, The rolling deep with hallelujahs rang, Adoring angels from their orbs rejoice, The voice of music was creation's voice.  — John Milton. I^nHE hymn of creation has beauty, majesty, and glory. ^i^ Thus it comes to pass that " God said/' is the key- note to this sublime song. God's presence and power in the first majestic words of revelation answer a thousand questions of the human mind and heart. But how are we to understand the words "and God said?" Did God liter- ally utter his voice in that primeval solitude ? Did his voice echo through that chaotic abyss .^ This we cannot suppose. Man's words are sounds; God's words are deeds. He but speaks, and lo ! light, sky, ocean, mountain, tree, animal,

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